Tuesday, September 10, 2002
A 51-year-old Loveland man remains in jail on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a Routt County man.
The Routt County Sheriff's Office arrested the suspect Sunday on charges of sexual assault and kidnapping. He is being held in the Routt County Jail on $50,000 bond.
The arrest was made several hours after the victim reported the assault. According to the victim, the assault occurred early Sunday morning.
The suspect told investigators he did not have sex with the man and that the victim's allegations are not true.
Sheriff John Warner said both men were at the same bar in Oak Creek Saturday night. After the bar closed, the victim and the suspect went outside, the victim said.
The victim told officers that the Loveland man forced him into his van and drove away.
Warner said the suspect has been living in his van in Oak Creek for some time.
The victim said the suspect drove him to a secluded area and assaulted him before driving him back to Oak Creek and dropping him off.
Sheriff's Office investigators said initial physical evidence is consistent with a sexual assault.
Several witnesses saw the men together, Warner said.
Those witnesses have not been interviewed yet. Also, Warner said the Colorado Bureau of Investigation must conduct lab tests on evidence taken from the victim and the suspect.
It could take up to three months to get the results of those tests, Warner said.