A Las Vegas man is behind bars after he attempted to kidnap his own child last week in Dewey.
Authorities say Cole Jensen, a Utah native who recently moved to Vegas, was allowed by the mother to see their son for a couple of days. The woman requested Jensen and her father to pick up some toys at a department store. However, when they returned, Jensen locked the doors and sped away with the child after the child’s grandfather exited the vehicle, clipping him with his truck and knocking him to the ground, which thankfully didn’t cause serious injury.
The mother immediately called the Yavapai County Sheriff’s office, and coordinates from Jensen’s phone indicated that he was heading towards Las Vegas. Just before 10 p.m., Jensen called YCSO and claimed he would bring his son back home and was aware that he was a wanted man.
The 27-year-old Jensen eventually admitted that he was in Ash Fork and offered excuses as to why he could not immediately return with the child. Deputies arrived in Ash Fork and were able to locate his 2021 GMC Sierra truck in a motel parking lot, where Jensen was found in a motel room along with the uninjured child, who was returned to his mother.
Jensen remains in the Camp Verde Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.