Colorado prosecutors seek return of kidnap suspect

LONGMONT — Colorado prosecutors are working to take custody of a 51-year-old man jailed in Canada after authorities say he attacked his estranged wife with pepper spray and a stun gun at her home north of Denver, kidnapped their young son and fled the country.

Monty Turner was arrested Sunday in Brandon, Manitoba, with 3-year-old Luke, who lives with his mother in Longmont. A court order prohibits the father from contacting his wife and son.

Authorities said the boy was unharmed, and they were working to reunite him with his mother today. Longmont is about 35 miles north of Denver.

Brandy Turner, Luke’s mother, told The Associated Press today she has spoken with Luke on the phone, and he knows he’s coming home. She said she can’t go get him because she has no passport.

Turner told police she stepped outside her home to smoke a cigarette as Luke was having breakfast Saturday. She then saw her husband in the backyard, the Longmont Daily Times-Call reported today.

She said she went inside, closed and locked the door and tried to call 911, but Monty Turner forced his way inside and threw the phone to the floor.


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