Sex assault suspect nabbed on warrant |

Sex assault suspect nabbed on warrant

A former El Jebel resident was arrested in Santa Ana, Calif. late last week in connection with an Aug. 19 sexual assault of a woman near Woody Creek, according to Deputy Bruce Benjamin of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect, a 16-year-old juvenile whose identity was unavailable, is in custody in California and will be extradited to Pitkin County on Saturday, Benjamin said. Santa Ana police arrested him on Oct. 29 for first-degree sexual assault, based on the Pitkin County warrant, he added.

The suspect is scheduled to appear before Judge J.E. DeVilbiss in juvenile district court Monday, Benjamin said. The district attorney’s office is considering charging the teen as an adult, the deputy added.

The alleged sexual assault occurred at about 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 19, just off River Road, near the Elam gravel pit, Benjamin said. That night, the 19-year-old victim was trying to catch a ride from the midvalley area up to Aspen, and the suspected allegedly offered her a ride.

“They were driving upvalley, when he took a turn off Highway 82 onto River Road, and then took another turn off that road into a secluded area, in the vicinity of the Elam gravel pit,” Benjamin said.

“There he attempted to sexually assault her,” Benjamin continued. “She attempted to resist the assault and was able to run a short distance away to flag down a vehicle that was in the area. At that point, when she was telling the two males in the vehicle that she had flagged down about the assault, the suspect drove away quickly.”

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