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Suspect arrested in Fountain kidnapping case


FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KRDO) -- Fountain police (FPD), members of the Investigations Division, School Resource Unit, and D.I.C.E Team responded to the area where a child was last seen and quickly started searching on July 31, 2022.

The FPD learned through multiple witness interviews that a missing 7-year-old, Ashton Laymon, was seen alone at several different homeless encampments and businesses in the surrounding area during the past few days.

Saturday afternoon FPD learned Ashton was last seen with an individual later identified as 28-year-old Kristopher Lockit and another adult male.

FPD says that detectives were able to obtain a location on Lockit near the area of Marksheffel Rd. and Woodmen Rd.

Detectives quickly responded to the area and located Lockit, who was in possession of Ashton. Upon the detective's arrival, it appeared Ashton was unharmed, according to FPD.

FPD says that on July 31, 2022, Lockit was arrested and booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on felony charges of Kidnapping, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.

Ashton was taken into protective custody by Fountain Police. The Department of Human Services (DHS) was notified and responded. Against the recommendation of the Fountain Police, DHS placed Ashton back with his mother.

The FPD says that due to the circumstances surrounding Ashton’s abduction and information gained from witnesses LaAmber Miller, Ashton Laymon's mother, was issued a criminal summons for child abuse.

At this time, the other adult male has not been charged, however, the investigation is ongoing, according to FPD.

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