January 29, 2014 Updated: January 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm
A former Colorado Springs pastor is accused of soliciting a man for sex online, luring him to a Denver motel and then pretending to be a U.S. marshal to rob, restrain and attack him.
Michael Todd Abromovich, 42, of Fountain, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery and impersonating a peace officer, Denver police records show.
Denver police began investigating Abromovich in November after a man told officers he had been robbed at a Motel 6 by someone who had offered to meet up with him for sex. The man said "Mike" had contacted him through a Craigslist personal ad, exchanged photos, email and phone information with him.
When the alleged victim went to the motel off Interstate 70, a man later identified as Abromovich allegedly showed up in an SUV, charged the hotel room and claimed to be a U.S. marshal. Abromovich then allegedly handcuffed and searched the man while a woman, whom police have not identified, pointed a paintball gun at him, the arrest affidavit stated.
Abromovich allegedly stole all of the man's valuables and his car, claiming to be confiscating the items for his investigation.
When the man called the U.S. marshals' office in Denver, he realized he had been fooled and went to the police, according to the affidavit.
Employees of the motel in Denver identified Abromovich as the man involved in the alleged incident, the affidavit stated.
Representatives for Set Free Christian Ministry, which has been in Colorado Springs for about three years, did not return phone calls from The Gazette Wednesday.
Abromovich appeared in court Tuesday and will have a preliminary hearing Feb. 20 at the Denver County courthouse, records show.
He remained in custody at the Denver County jail Wednesday in lieu of a $75,000 bond.