By ASSOCIATED PRESS
DENVER -- The father of a teen accused of killing a 10-year-old Colorado girl is asking for prayers for the girl's family.
Rob Sigg issued a written statement Thursday saying there are no words to express the sorrow he and his family feel for the pain Jessica Ridgeway's family is suffering, and that his family is devastated by the knowledge that his 17-year-old son, Austin Sigg, has been arrested in her death.
Rob Sigg says it's a tragedy for both families, as well as for the community.
Austin Sigg's parents are divorced. His mother, Mindy Sigg, told The Associated Press her son turned himself in after she called police.
Rob Sigg asked for support for Austin's mother, saying her courageous act has put the tragedy on the path to resolution.
Robert Sigg's full statement released to Denver-area media on Thursday, via CBS4:
Dear Denver-area press, I am Rob Sigg, the father of Austin Sigg. I have issued this statement today.
First, I would ask for your prayers and support for the Ridgeway family. There are no words to express the sorrow that I and my family feel for their pain they are suffering. We are devastated by the knowledge that my son, Austin Sigg, has been arrested and will be charged with the murder of their beautiful daughter Jessica. This horrible event is a tragedy for both the families, as well as the community. I ask also for your prayers and support for Austin’s mother, whose courageous act … unimaginably painful for any parent … has put this tragedy on the path to resolution. I am hopeful that as the legal process unfolds, the Ridgeway family may come to know peace.
Robert Sigg has a long history of run-ins with the law that stretches back to the 1980s, according to Westword. Fox31 have the details of his lengthy rap sheet which includes multiple arrests in various Denver metro counties for domestic violence, burglary, DUI, assault as well as selling and distributing drugs.
In 2006, Sigg was convicted of a mortgage fraud scheme, but over the years has been involved in what CBS4 calls dozens of civil actions involving money.
Rob Sigg and Austin's mother, Mindy Sigg, filed for divorce in 2000, The Denver Post reports. Mindy filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this year and has no prior criminal record.
CBS4 obtained this old mugshot of Rob Sigg from the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office: