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A Colorado man is accused of killing a babysitter at a remote farmhouse while he was trying to steal a vehicle—then entering the home and strangling the young girl inside after she started to scream for help.
Trevor George has been classified by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office as a suspect in the shocking homicide, which took place outside of Windsor, Colorado, according to a statement from authorities.
Family members of those involved in the investigation told local station KCNC-TV that a family friend had been babysitting for the family when the babysitter noticed someone, allegedly George, trying to steal a truck and was shot and killed while trying to intervene.
George allegedly then tried to strangle a young girl, whom the babysitter had been looking after, inside the home after she began to scream for help.
Family of the young girl—who has not been identified—said the girl’s mother came home to find the babysitter dead in the driveway and George allegedly inside the home attacking the young girl.
Family members accused George of nearly killing the young girl and threatening her mother before he ran away. The girl survived.
Joe Moylan, the public information officer for the sheriff’s office, declined to confirm or deny the details of the family members’ account to Oxygen.com, but did confirm that George was also being held on suspicion of attempted murder in the case.
“There was an attack on another person, but due to the age of that victim I can’t really get into the details of that,” he said.
Moylan said that the Weld County Sheriff’s Office was able to identify George as a person of interest in the homicide after connecting the incident to another case in “close proximity” to the homicide being worked by the Windsor Police Department.
“After the homicide happened, Trevor George fled on foot,” Moylan said, adding that authorities believe he stole a Dodge Challenger Hellcat from another location near the scene of the crime and took off.
Investigators put out a be on the lookout, or BOLO, on George, who was spotted traveling southbound on Interstate 25 at around 11 a.m. on Friday by a partner agency.
The Colorado State Patrol, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Collins Police Department and Loveland Police Department assisted in tailing George to a Fort Collins gas station, where he had stopped the Hellcat, presumably to get gas, Moylan said.
Authorities used a Taser to take George into custody at the gas station, according to statement from police.
“They kind of rolled in and converged on him and they were able to make that arrest for us,” Moylan said.
George was returned to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, where he was questioned by investigators.
George is being held at the Weld County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, first-degree murder after deliberation, attempted first-degree murder, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and first-degree assault, as well as four counts of felony menacing. He’s also facing possible charges connected to theft, motor vehicle theft, burglary and robbery.
Moylan didn’t know whether George had known the victims or whether it had been a random attack.
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