Panic Alarm App Saves Kidnapping Victim

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A man from Utah was arrested on Thursday after police say he attempted to kidnap a male juvenile in Grand Junction.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department, the juvenile used a panic alarm app on his phone that allowed police to find him and arrest the suspect, who has been identified as 47-year-old Aaron Scott Smith.

The victim sent out the panic alert shortly after 7:30 pm, and police dispatchers were able to determine the location of the cell phone and send out officers.

The officers found a car in the 600 block of 26 Road and found Smith in the car with the boy and arrested him without incident.

The boy told police he had been communicating with someone he thought was a 13 or 14 year old boy on a social media app called Kik, and that the “boy” told him he was in Grand Junction and wanted to meet.

They agreed on a place to meet, but when the victim showed up an adult, identified as Smith, approached him in a vehicle and told him to get in the car. That is when the boy set off the panic alert and police responded.

Smith is being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on several felony charges including Internet Luring of a Child, First Degree Kidnapping and Sexual Assault on a Child.

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