Man arrested after co-worker claims rape
Aspen Times Staff Writer
A local man was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with sexual assault after a co-worker claimed he raped her.
Ramon Dominguez-Jimenez, 38, was taken into custody around 4:30 a.m. at his residence in Aspen Village by Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies. He is being held in the Pitkin County Jail on $25,000 bond.
A woman who works at the Inn at Aspen reported the alleged rape at Aspen Valley Hospital on Sunday.
According to the arrest affidavit, the victim, 58, told police she works with Dominguez-Jimenez at the Inn at Aspen. She said he had been following her around while she worked on Sunday.
The victim told police the rape occurred when Dominguez-Jimenez was giving her a ride home from work. She said the man pulled his truck into the intercept lot at Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road and forced her to have sex with him.
She told police she protested and tried to get out of the car, but the door was locked. She also told police that the non-consensual intercourse caused her to bleed severely onto her own clothing and the suspect, and onto the seat of the truck.
She said her assailant offered her a towel from his truck to absorb the blood. When she went home she washed her clothing, but the warrant says a sheriff’s deputy later retrieved the soiled towel from a trash can at the victim’s home.
According to the affidavit, a sheriff’s deputy later confirmed that both the suspect and the victim work at the Inn at Aspen. The victim later claimed that Dominguez-Jimenez stopped and threw away something in a trash can at the Lakeside Condominiums when he was driving her home.
A Basalt police detective found a plastic bag containing bloody towels in that trash can based on the victim’s tip.
According to the affidavit, a doctor at Aspen Valley Hospital told police that the victim had some recent tearing to her vaginal walls that needed to be repaired surgically.
Sheriff’s deputies took Dominguez-Jimenez into custody without incident.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
City of Aspen officials are trying to figure out what the downtown core looks like this winter as COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the state and in some parts of the country.