Colorado man arrested in connection with attempted child kidnapping turned in by own parents
A Colorado man who was arrested and charged for the attempted kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl was turned in by his own parents after police released images of the suspect and his vehicle.
Diego James Gettler, 28, was arrested Monday after he allegedly grabbed the girl outside the STEM Launch K-8 school in the city of Thornton, Colorado, around 7:30 a.m. on September 23, the Thornton Police Department said.
The girl said Gettler walked behind her and up the steps, then turned around and walked back towards her.
"The male made her feel uncomfortable, so she stood up as he was walking back down the stairs," the affidavit reads.
"The male grabbed [her] at this point, in a manner she described as him wrapping his hands and arms around her waist from behind."
Police found surveillance footage allegedly showing the suspect parking a damaged gray Saturn Aura near the school before approaching the campus and attempting to abduct the girl.
The video later shows him running off and climbing into the passenger side of his vehicle and driving away.
Images of the vehicle with damage to its driver's side were also made available to the public.
"[His parents] stated Diego owns and operates a gray Saturn Aura which has damage on the driver side" caused by an earlier car accident.
"[His parents] further confirmed Diego has to enter the vehicle from the passenger side," the affidavit states.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDetectives said Gettler’s cellphone pinged to the area during the time of the incident.
Gettler was arrested in his car outside a Home Depot in Parker, Colorado, on September 26 and was booked at the Adams County Jail.