Police: Man tries to rape ex-girlfriend, crash her car

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

A 25-year-old is facing a raft of charges after allegedly trying to crash his ex-girlfriend’s car with her in it, then attempting to sexually assault her, according to court documents.

Jose Santos Membreno showed up at his former girlfriend’s home “super drunk” about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, but the woman told him to leave, according to a police report filed in District Court. However, because he was so drunk, the woman went outside and offered to drive him home, the report states.

During the drive, however, Membreno “grabbed the steering wheel and aggressively tried” to make the woman crash the car, the report states. When he did it again, the woman pulled into the Intercept Lot and told him to get out of the car.

Instead, Membreno became angry and held the woman down in her seat, pulled his pants down and tried to rape her, according to the report. The woman fought back and screamed, and Membreno told her he would kill her, the report states.

She was able to push him out of the car with his pants down, but he jumped into the back seat. The woman was frightened and started driving until Membreno again grabbed the steering wheel and tried to crash the car, according to the report.

At that point, she pulled into the Aspen Business Center, stopped the car and ran away. Membreno caught up with her, but she was able to fight him off and run back to her home at the ABC, the report states. Membreno then stole her car, and later showed up at her home while police were still there and was arrested, according to the report.

Membreno was charged with domestic violence, assault, menacing, reckless endangerment, obstruction of a telephone and aggravated motor vehicle theft.

The former couple have a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old, the victim said in District Court on Monday during Membreno’s advisement. She said she wanted Membreno to be able to see their children, but she wanted nothing to do with him. District Judge Chris Seldin ordered him held in lieu of a $2,000 bond.