‘High-profile’ sexual predator suspect arrested in Colorado after allegedly targeting hikers | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) – A man suspected of disturbing activity in Colorado is now in custody.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office started asking the public for help with the case in late July. There had been multiple reports of an “at-large sexual predator” targeting people from April 3 through July 18 of this year at Flying J Ranch Park in the Conifer and Evergreen areas. The park is between the two cities. Another incident they believe is connected occurred at Alderfer Three Sisters Park.

Since April there have been 7 different reports from women.

Braden reportedly targeted women who were alone and would surprise them from behind. All reports said Braden exposed himself before touching himself in front of the women.

Authorities told 11 News, Braden got increasingly aggressive- grabbing at some of the women and tearing their clothing.

On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office announced they made an arrest in the case Tuesday night.

“Deputies were dispatched to 27500 Stapleton Dr. at 6:15 p.m., after Jeffcom received a 911 call from a female hiker who encountered the suspect along the trail,” part of a news release reads. “The suspect, wearing a grey t-shirt and green sweatpants, approached the hiker, exposed himself to her and began masturbating. The victim ran from the suspect and reported the incident. A couple of minutes later, the suspect confronted another lone female hiker and exposed himself. The suspect also attempted to grab one of the two victims before they fled.”

Following a search for more than two hours, the suspect was caught and identified as Glenn Braden. Braden is charged with three counts of unlawful sexual contact and five counts of indecent exposure. Investigators believe Braden is tied to the other incidents at Flying J Ranch Park and Three Sisters/Alderfer Park.

“We felt pretty confident that we had a perimeter set up and the suspect was within that perimeter,” Jacki Kelly, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer said. “And we literally searched for about 2 1/2 hours until we found the suspect laying in the woods trying to hide from us. There was a short foot pursuit. That suspect was taken into custody.”

“We have a lot of women who hike alone, who have been avoiding those trails because this suspect had not been arrested,” Kelly said. “So that’s the most important part of this- is that we feel that we have a safer community because he is not at large any longer.”

Braden has been booked into the Jefferson County Jail for 3 counts of unlawful sexual contact and 5 counts of indecent exposure. His mugshot is not being released, pending photo lineups with multiple victims associated with this case.

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