UPDATE: Police arrest man in Alabama on kidnapping, sexual assault charges following manhunt

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UPDATE (2:30 p.m.)– Police say Fechtler was located in Alabama and taken into custody. They say the victim is safe.

LONGMONT, Colo. (Jan. 7, 2016)— Authorities are searching for a man wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl. 

Thomas Ludwig Fechtler, also known as Thomas Kitchen, 52, is wanted on a felony arrest warrant for sexual assault on a child and kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 

Fechtler is described to be approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall and 170 pounds. He has brown eyes and gray hair. Longmont Police believe he may be driving a light green 2007 Toyota Rav4, with Missouri license plate WH9K2U. The vehicle has damage to the rear-end and expire plates. 

The suspect fled with a 16-year-old girl, who is described to be a white female, approximately 5-feet-3-inches tall and 120 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes. 

Authorities say Fechtler may be heading to one of the following cities in Missouri: St. Joseph, Darlington or Kingston. 

If you have any information, contact Longmont Police at 303-651-8501.


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