Police: Aspen man imprisoned woman
August 19, 2008
ASPEN ” An Aspen man was arrested Monday morning on charges of false imprisonment and attempted unlawful sexual conduct against a woman who was visiting town.
The alleged victim was visiting a male friend at an Aspen apartment complex. The two had been out drinking Saturday, said Aspen Police Assistant Chief Linda Consuegra. Early Sunday, 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.
The man entered the apartment of Victor Gonzalez Rodriguez, 42, where he said he saw Gonzalez “trying to take advantage” of the woman, Consuegra said.
Police ” on Sunday at around 2:50 a.m. ” were called and told a sexual assault had just occurred.
Officers interviewed Gonzalez, allegedly an illegal alien who speaks broken English, with the help of a friend who acted as a translator. The suspect was not arrested at the scene.
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Consuegra, who speaks fluent Spanish, interviewed Gonzalez and others involved in the case Monday morning. 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.
The investigation is ongoing, Consuegra said. Gonzalez is being held in the Pitkin County jail on a $3,000 bond. Police also notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Gonzalez will likely be placed on an immigration hold.