4 armed men kidnap man, assault children in El Paso County home invasion robbery, police say


EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A 24-year-old man was kidnapped and two children assaulted by four armed men during a home invasion robbery in El Paso County Friday night, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Karel Lopez-Hurtado was taken at gunpoint from a home in the 18700 block of Birdseye View around 8 p.m. He remains missing as of Saturday night.

The four men, dressed in jeans and black shirts, broke into the home and also assaulted two of the five children inside the house, the sheriff’s office said. The children were not seriously injured.

It’s not clear if the children belong to the victim or if Lopez-Hurtado resides at the address.

The circumstances surrounding the kidnapping and robbery have not been released. However, the sheriff’s office said the incident was a targeted crime and the there is no immediate threat to the community.

The unknown suspects are considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 719-520-6666.