Markie Lee Peoples busted for brutal 1995 teen rape
Now, improved DNA technology has resulted in a bust for an even older crime -- the sexual assault of a fourteen year old way back in 1995.
Suspect Markie Lee Peoples was 22 when the terrible incident took place. Look below for details from his arrest affidavit, including the long process that led to him winding up in custody.
About three in the afternoon of March 23, 1995, according to the police report, seen below in its entirety, the girl and two companions were in the vicinity of 8th and Wadsworth when they were engaged in conversation by an unknown male variously described as African American or Hispanic.
He subsequently gave the victim his pager number -- an action that further dates the events that followed.
The three girls left, changed clothes and then returned to a restaurant near the 8th and Wadsworth intersection, where they again saw the pager guy. He subsequently offered to give them a ride to a friends' house -- but after getting into a packed car (six men were inside), they were instead taken to an apartment in Denver on the 200 block of Sherman Street.
A recent image of the area near 8th and Wadsworth.
At the apartment, beer drinking ensued, but the victim was nervous and tried phoning her mom -- a call interrupted by one of the men
A short time later, two men left, but not before promising they'd return by 5 p.m. to take the girls home. While they were waiting, however, the man with the pager began kissing the victim's neck. She told him "no" and headed to another room in the apartment, but the affidavit maintains that he followed her and kept up his unwanted attentions.
And escalated them.
After cornering the victim in a room, and sending another of his cohorts out to keep an eye on her friends, he allegedly grabbed the girl, threw her on the bed, and tried to force his hands down her shorts. The report says he then forcibly removed the garment and her underwear and raped her while threatening to punch her if she cried out. He's also said to have attempted anal sex and choked her to the point where she had difficulty breathing, all while another man stood watching -- and ignoring the victim's pleas for help. Only afterward were the girls allowed to leave.
A recent look at the 200 block of Sherman Street.
The girl reported the crime the next day, after she'd bathed, which complicated efforts to get forensic information. A rape kit was performed on the girl, but no semen was detected in it.
The case subsequently went cold -- but it didn't die.
Continue for more about the arrest of Markie Lee Peoples, including another photo and the complete arrest affidavit.