An actual property agent accused of harassing a former lover has now been charged with kidnapping the girl and her husband whereas on a climbing path.
Kerry Endsley, 73, was arrested on Friday after officers say he held the unnamed couple at gunpoint as they hiked in southern Jefferson County, in accordance with the sheriff’s workplace. The husband and spouse have been unhurt after a hiker known as 911 shortly after 8:00 a.m. and reported the energetic kidnapping, maintaining dispatchers apprised all through the ordeal till deputies arrived minutes later.
Fox Denver affiliate KDVR reported the incident came about on the Fehringer Ranch Disc Golf Park, simply southwest of Denver.
Shortly after deputies responded to the scene, they mistakenly took the victims into custody as an alternative of the suspect, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Workplace spokeswoman Jackie Kelley instructed NBC Denver affiliate KUSA.
The victims later instructed deputies that they have been strolling previous a person who seemed to be tying his shoe whereas on the paths close to S. Oak Manner. The person, whom the victims didn’t instantly acknowledge, brandished a handgun earlier than ordering the feminine to the bottom and securing a nylon leash round her neck.
The suspect, later recognized as Kerry Endsley, instructed the couple, “Don’t f*****g transfer,” in accordance with an arrest affidavit obtained by KDVR.
As Endsley allegedly led the victims away, the husband took the suspect’s firearm earlier than he and the girl fled, in accordance with the sheriff’s workplace. Regulation enforcement officers quickly approached them.
Deputies positioned Endsley a short while later, however he allegedly put up resistance.
“The suspect did not adjust to instructions from the deputies and pulled a weapon, later decided to be a stun gun, from his waistband and level[ed] it on the deputies,” in accordance with the sheriff’s workplace. “One of many deputies fired a shot from his firearm, lacking the suspect. A second deputy deployed his taser on the suspect – hitting him.”
Endsley was taken into custody and handled at an area hospital after complaining of accidents associated to the taser.
Following Endsley’s arrest, authorities discovered his car, which was outfitted with a mattress, pillows, and blankets, in accordance with KDVR. Plastic flex cuffs, handcuffs, and binoculars have been additionally discovered on the scene.
The victims instructed investigators they didn’t acknowledge Endsley “as a result of he had altered his bodily look and disguised himself,” in accordance with the sheriff’s workplace.
Per the affidavit, Endsley wore “a baseball cap and what was later decided to be a fancy dress type pretend beard.” The couple ultimately acknowledged Endsley throughout the course of the kidnapping.
Detectives discovered Endsley had a historical past of harassing the feminine sufferer, who, in accordance with KDVR, had beforehand been in a romantic relationship with Endsley. The sheriff’s workplace acknowledged, “there are police stories and a restraining order to mirror that.”
Courtroom information examined by KDVR acknowledged the feminine sufferer mentioned she’d recognized Endsley for the previous 4 years by way of their work. Endsley is listed as an actual property agent and “one of many high producing brokers of premier residential, land, and ranch properties in Colorado,” in accordance with realtor.com.
The feminine sufferer reported that she and Endsley had a quick relationship in 2020 throughout a time when she was separated from her husband, in accordance with KDVR. She lived in a collection at Endsley’s house till the pair ended the connection in August 2021.
That very same month, Endsley’s stepdaughter allegedly confronted felony prices after breaking the feminine sufferer’s cellphone. She was granted a restraining order in opposition to Endsley quickly after.
On the time of the kidnapping, Endsley was reportedly on probation following a September 2021 incident the place he pleaded responsible to harassment, in accordance with KUSA. It was unclear if the case was associated to the restraining order obtained by the girl he allegedly kidnapped on Friday.
Endsley was arrested on a large number of prices, together with two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of menacing with a lethal weapon displayed, second-degree assault, disarming a peace officer, and violating a safety order, jail information present.
He’s anticipated to look in courtroom on June 24.