Jan 20, 2012 5:31 PM by Andy Koen

Witnesses describe arrest of kidnapping suspect

Witnesses who were waiting for a bus at the Colorado Springs Metro Terminal downtown say they watched a man being arrested who matched the description of Jose Garcia, 29, the lone suspect wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a Pueblo girl.

At a joint news conference later in the afternoon, the Colorado Springs Police Department and FBI confirmed that Garcia had been taken into custody.

News 5 arrived at the Metro terminal shortly after 1:00 p.m. and found several police cruisers on scene. A man was detained in the backseat of one of the vehicles. However, the officers drove away shortly after our arrival.

Tia Martinez watched the arrest. She remembers a man matching Garcia's description walking north on Nevada Avenue near the terminal when an officer confronted him. She says the man was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and carrying a black coat.  He seemed to be avoiding eye contact.

"He kept his head to the ground, he didn't want to look at anyone, he was just walking and he had his hood over his head like he was trying to hide his head, or hide his face," Martinez said.

She says the officer asked the man for identification and after he provided it he was handcuffed.

"Next thing you know the whole place was flooded with cops," Martinez recalled.

"I didn't see the first police car but I saw the second one come up," said Johnny Fetz who also witnessed the arrest. "I saw that they started searching him and got him in the car and everything and then five more cops came."

We showed Garcia's drivers license photo to Fetz and Martinez and they both confirmed that he was the man they watched be arrested. When we informed them that he was suspected of kidnapping and assaulting 9 year old Calysta Cordova from Pueblo, Martinez was shocked.

"It sent chills through my body, that was insane," she said.

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