False imprisonment suspect to face arraignment
September 9, 2008
ASPEN ” An Aspen man charged with false imprisonment and attempted unlawful sexual conduct against a woman who was visiting town is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 6 in Pitkin County District Court.
Victor Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 42, was arrested Aug. 18 after he allegedly detained a woman who was visiting a friend at an Aspen apartment complex. The two friends had been out drinking Aug. 16, Aspen Assistant Police Chief Linda Consuegra said last month. On Aug. 17, the woman said she was going out and left her friend’s apartment, though police could not determine why. A few minutes later, the male friend became concerned and went looking for the woman, only to hear cries of “No, No!” coming from a nearby apartment, according to police.
Consuegra said the man entered the apartment of GonzalezRodriguez, where he allegedly saw Gonzalez “trying to take advantage” of the woman. Aspen police were called around 2:50 a.m. and told a sexual assault had just occurred.
Officers then interviewed Gonzalez with the help of a friend who acted as a translator. He was not arrested at the scene.
Consuegra, who speaks fluent Spanish, interviewed Gonzalez and others involved in the case Aug. 18. Gonzalez confessed to the crime and police arrested him, she said.
Gonzalez was charged with false imprisonment ” a felony ” for allegedly keeping the woman in his apartment against her will, as well as a misdemeanor charge of attempted unlawful sexual conduct.
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In court Monday, GonzalezRodriguez was required to sign a protection order filed by the defendant.
Gonzalez, allegedly an illegal alien, used an interpreter as Judge James Boyd presented the protection order to Gonzalez-Rodriguez.
He was being held in the Pitkin County jail on a $3,000 bond.
Elizabeth Marie Klempf received one year of probation and must complete 50 hours of community public service for possession of cocaine.
It was a routine sentence, according to Deputy District Attorney Ed Veronda.
Klempf was present during the execution of an arrest warrant for Devin Schutter in February.
In June, Klempf rejected a deal from the district attorney’s office and pleaded not guilty to charges of cocaine possession.
During sentencing, Klempf told Boyd that she no longer lives in Aspen and has returned home to Minnesota.