Colorado

Apr 20, 2010 12:02 PM by Associated Press

Springs kidnap suspect claims mental illness

A 27 year-old man suspected of kidnapping a woman and two children in Colorado pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to several charges he's facing in Wyoming following a car chase that ended with police finding the victims safe.

Al Demetrius Johnson faces nine misdemeanor charges in Natrona County, including attempting to elude police officers, running through a roadblock, child endangerment and reckless driving.

Police in Colorado Springs, Colo., put out an alert Thursday after a witness reported seeing Johnson force a woman into a car. The woman, a 3-week-old baby and an 8-year-old girl were found safe following the high-speed chase Friday near Casper.

A judge ordered Johnson to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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