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Bret Lee Luckett Thompson, Denver Kidnapping Suspect, Arrested In New Jersey (UPDATED)

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Bret Lee Luckett Thompson, the man suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old Denver girl and the subject of a nationwide manhunt, has been arrested.

Thompson was found in New Jersey. He faces one account of second-degree kidnapping, one count of sexual assault on a child, and other charges stemming from his attempts to avoid prosecution.


Bret Lee Luckett Thompson, 27, waived his extradition on Monday and will be headed back to Colorado within the next two weeks, according to Lynn Kimbrough, from the Denver District Attorney's office, who spoke to 9News.

For security reasons, no further details about Thompson's transport from New Jersey to Colorado have been made available.


Law enforcement say Thompson was arrested by FBI Special Agencies and the North Brunswick Police Deparment at a Walmart in New Jersey. Thompson's 1999 white Pontiac Montana van was found parked behind the store, with him sleeping inside shortly after midnight.

It was not immediately evident where Thompson was headed, and he is currently being held in New Jersey awaiting extradition at least 1,700 miles back to Colorado.

FBI spokesman Dave Joly told HuffPost that extradition timelines may vary, depending upon whether or not Thompson decides to fight the process in court.

"Denver detectives flew out last night late to interview Thompson and we're just waiting on the extradition process," Joly said.


The girl was abducted on June 2, 2011 at about 1:20 p.m. for approximately an hour and a half. Police determined she was sexually assaulted and issued an arrest warrant.

She was taken from an alley in the 400 block of South Raleigh Street while playing with friends and discovered 3 miles away at the Diamond Shamrock gas station on Federal Boulevard.

"We know it's this guy," FBI spokesman Dave Joly told the HuffPost. Joly explained the FBI became involved because the crime involves "a child of tender years," and because the suspect was believed to have fled to another state.

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