Jessica Ridgeway case arrest: Suspect lived less than a mile from kidnapping location


WESTMINSTER, Colo. - The suspect arrested in the kidnapping and abduction of Jessica Ridgeway and the attempted kidnapping of a jogger in May lived a mile or less from both crime scenes.

Police arrested Austin Reed Sigg, 17, on suspicion of two counts of murder in the first degree, one count of second degree kidnapping and two counts of criminal attempt.

The first three charges are related to the Jessica Ridgeway case, according to Westminster Police spokesman Trevor Materasso.

Materasso said the last two charges, attempted murder and attempted kidnapping are related to the incident in May at Ketner Lake.

Sigg lives on 102nd Avenue between Oak Street and Moore Court.

That's about one mile from Chelsea Park. Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 as she was walking to meet up with friends at Chelsea Park so they could all walk to school together. Her friends said she never showed up at the park.

Ridgeway was walking to Witt Elementary School. Sigg lives about 0.6 miles from the school.

Sigg's family home is just 23 homes from Ketner Lake.

In the that attack in May, a 22-year-old woman was jogging when someone grabbed her from behind and tried to put a chemical-laced rag over her mouth, police said.

The woman escaped and called 911, police said.

Ridgeway's remains and personal items were found miles away. Her remains were found about 8 miles away in Arvada. Her backpack and other personal items were found in Superior.


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