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Court documents indicate abduction suspect may have been involved in other incidents

lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - Updated: June 6, 2014 at 10:07 pm

The suspect in an abduction case initially claimed to be an eyewitness to the crime, and during his talk with investigators, he unwittingly implicated himself in two indecent exposure case, according to court documents.

According to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Kyle Murphy, 23, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday after surveillance footage helped investigators place him at the scene of the crime in Falcon Sunday night.

Deputies said the 19-year-old victim was riding her bike on Woodmen Hills Drive around noon when a dark colored SUV pulled out in front of her. As she started to ride around the car, she saw the driver was wearing a black ski mask and sunglasses and was armed with a gun, court documents say.

She told investigators the man punched her in the head, causing her eye to swell. When she tried to escape, he grabbed the backpack she was wearing and forced her into the car, according to court documents. When the car started moving, she saw the door was unlocked and jumped out.

Deputies were on scene investigating when Murphy pulled up in a greenish-gold pickup truck and told them he'd seen the woman jump from the SUV, the documents say. He gave them the woman's backpack, explaining that he'd found it on the side of the road, documents state.

In an interview with deputies at the Sheriff's Office, Murphy - who lives about two miles from where the abduction occurred - was identified as a suspect in two recent indecent exposure cases reported in the Peyton/Falcon area. In March, a man matching Murphy's description pulled up next to a 25-year-old woman in a Walmart parking lot at 11550 Meridian Market View, opened his door and masturbated in front of her, according to court documents.

On May 31, a day before the alleged abduction, a man in a greenish-gold truck pulled up next to a 36-year-old woman walking along Londonderry Drive in Peyton. He told her to show him her breasts and she declined, the documents say. During the exchange, the man's pants were unzipped and he was touching his penis, the documents state.

When confronted about the incidents, Murphy left the Sheriff's Office.

Surveillance footage from eight cameras on the property of a deputy who lives in the area, plus footage from cameras at Falcon Middle School, placed both a green SUV and a greenish-gold truck in the area at the time of the Sunday night abduction and contradicted Murphy's account, court documents state.

Murphy is being held at the county jail without bond on suspicion of kidnapping, felony menacing, false imprisonment, assault and public indecency, according to court documents.

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