Two arrested for brutal beating of New Castle woman
October 8, 2010
NEW CASTLE, Colo. – A New Castle woman was recovering Thursday at a Grand Junction hospital after police say she was bound and severely beaten for four hours before she was placed in a car, driven to Rifle and left in a parking lot.
The 33-year-old victim sustained injuries, including “severe injuries to her face with deep lacerations and bruising so extreme that she could not open her eyes,” according to an arrest warrant from New Castle police.
The report states that the victim also had ligature marks around both wrists and ankles from being bound with an extension cord, rope and some “unknown” metal object. She also had bruises on her body, was missing four teeth and was bleeding from a deep laceration on her forehead when police interviewed her at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle.
New Castle police, with the help of Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies, arrested two New Castle men suspected in the assault.
Police arrested Aaron Steven Rabidue, 21, and Arion Gross, 18, after the victim told police she was speaking with the two outside of Rabidue’s New Castle apartment just before Rabidue invited her inside. She told police that once she was inside the apartment, she was thrown to the ground, kicked and hit repeatedly. The suspects then allegedly tied her hands and ankles and dragged her into the bathroom and threw her into the bathtub, where they continued hitting her in the face with closed fists, according to the police report.
The victim told police that she was stuffed into a large plastic storage container, her hands and ankles still tied, and was continually beaten. The report says that Rabidue then produced a knife and told the victim that they were going to kill her.
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The victim told investigators that she was speaking with the suspects outside of Rabidue’s apartment around 6 p.m. on Monday. The suspects allegedly beat her repeatedly until around 10 p.m., at which point she was placed into an ’80s-model station wagon and left at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Rifle, the police report says.
She then walked across the street to Grand River Hospital for medical attention. Hospital administration contacted police, and the hospital was placed on lockdown due to the serious nature of the offense, according to police reports.
The victim was transported to St. Mary’s in Grand Junction, where the victim underwent reconstructive surgery for some of her injuries.
After police interviewed the victim at Grand River Hospital, they went to Rabidue’s apartment, where they found Rabidue at home with his girlfriend. Officers placed Rabidue under arrest and searched the apartment. The report stated that they discovered more than 20 mature marijuana plants in the living room. The police report also stated that the officer saw a large amount of dried blood in the bathtub.
The report claims that Rabidue has an extensive criminal record, including harassment, domestic violence, burglary, trespassing, distribution of marijuana and menacing.
New Castle police stated that Rabidue, who is a registered medical marijuana patient, reported to police in September that someone had stolen some marijuana plants from his apartment. However, the police report stated that Rabidue didn’t want to file an official report.
The beating victim told police that the two blamed her for the theft of the marijuana plants.
Rabidue was also arrested by New Castle police in September for burglary. He was out on bond for that charge when he was arrested in connection with this incident.
The sheriff’s office contacted New Castle police on Oct. 5 and reported that Rabidue was allegedly involved in a separate incident, with two other males, of intimidating a female with a firearm.
“We believe the underlying reason for his entering homes, threats and intimidation toward others, was to discover who had stolen his marijuana plants,” New Castle police say in the report.
Rabidue and Gross could face felony charges of assault, menacing, kidnapping and false imprisonment. Rabidue is also charged with violation of a bail bond condition.
According to Garfield County court officials, Gross was released Wednesday before his advisement hearing on a $10,000 bond. According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Rabidue remained Thursday in the Garfield County jail on a $50,000 bond.