Photos: Do you recognize the man who tried sexually assaulting a woman just off a bus?

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos and more below.
Folks who ride the bus at night in Denver tend to be hyper-vigilant -- and the experience of a woman late on Wednesday demonstrates why.

According to police, a rider tried to sexually assault her shortly after she disembarked, and only her scrappiness prevented an awful situation from being even worse.

Look below for details and larger looks at the suspect in question.

At approximately 10:35 p.m. on January 8, according to the Denver Police Department (which won't face any accusations about delaying news about this incident, unlike the three knockout game-style attacks on New Year's Day), a woman stepped from an RTD bus near South Monaco and East Iliff.

That area is captured in the following interactive graphic; if you have any problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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Shortly after the woman disembarked, a man threw her to the ground and took her cell phone and money.

But that wasn't all he wanted: Cops say he then tried to sexually assault her -- and he likely would have succeeded if she hadn't fought him off. In the end, he ran away.

The suspect is described as a tall, African-American male wearing a two-tone hat and sporting a tattoo on the side of his neck.

Was he on the bus with the woman just prior to going after her? That's the implication from two images of the suspect culled from RTD surveillance video. Here's the first....

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...and the second:

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If you recognize this guy, or have any other information about the crime, you're encouraged to dial Crime Stoppers at 720-7867 (STOP). A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered in the case.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Mile High Murder archive circa April 2013: "Isaiah Moreno arrested in fatal stabbing of Estevan Ruiz on RTD bus (70)."


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Aaron Seitsinger
Aaron Seitsinger

I recommend that people, women especially, get a CCW permit if this kind of stuff happens. As a permit holder you have "legal authority" to carry your weapon on public transportation. However if you're a college student and "common sense" gun laws won't let those Same permit holders carry a gun on campus I recommend a tactical pen. Lastly. Since he have someone posting facts and I don't want to be called out as ignorant or a gun nut, which I'm far from ignorant, here's the statute: C.R.S. 18-9-118 COLORADO REVISED STATUTES *** This document reflects changes current through all laws passed at the Second Regular and First Extraordinary Sessions of the Sixty-Eighth General Assembly of the State of Colorado 2012 and Constitutional and Statutory amendments approved at the General Election on November 6, 2012 *** TITLE 18. CRIMINAL CODE ARTICLE 9. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC PEACE, ORDER, AND DECENCY PART 1. PUBLIC PEACE AND ORDER C.R.S. 18-9-118 (2012) 18-9-118. Firearms, explosives, or incendiary devices in facilities of public transportation A person commits a class 6 felony if, without legal authority, he has any loaded firearm or explosive or incendiary device, as defined in section 9-7-103, C.R.S., in his possession in, or carries, brings, or causes to be carried or brought any of such items into, any facility of public transportation, as defined in section 18-9-115 (4).HISTORY: Source:. L. 77: Entire section added, p. 976, § 7, effective June 29.L. 89: Entire section amended, p. 841, § 89, effective July 1.C.R.S. 18-9-118

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

Well gosh. I'm glad you have a Masters in aurora crime and a PHD in racially motivated crimes. You are a very smart man. I would though like to point out that I never said this was racial. I simply stated that if the roles were reversed and it was two white dudes attacking a black chick, that the media would have a frenzy and your buddies Al and Jesse would be calling for execution. What blows my mind is that you can read minds and that you actually know without a doubt that this was in fact not racially motivated. That's pretty amazing! A full blown mind reader. Knowing everything must be pretty difficult for you..... The end fact of all this is this....you're a dick. Plain and simple. Everyone here can see that. It's obvious that all you do is troll around looking to start shit. I bet your mother would be proud.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Mainly because more often than not in those particular instances, it very much turns out to be racially motivated, such as this particular incident. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/texas-man-charged-hate-crime-knockout-game-attack-article-1.1559077 And let's not forget the infamous cases resulting from FL's "Stand Your Ground" law that gives impotent white males the go-ahead to go huntin' black folk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Trayvon_Martin http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/michael-david-dunn-loud-music-killing-trial-another-delay-sought-in-case (since it clearly doesn't apply to black females from abusive husbands/significant others http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2013/11/28/marissa-alexander-released-jail-florida/3775945/ ) Now, please show evidence that this particular crime was, in fact, racially-motivated or simply STFU, you ignorant miserable piece of shit.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Hey look dumb ass....the crime rate over that time frame went DOWN...not UP. By the way, crime rates for virtually any large city tends to be "higher than average" because the "average" in this country tends to be a mid-sized town/suburb with relatively little violent crime. However, when compared to other cities with similar population sizes, Aurora is actually amongst the safest. http://www.forbes.com/pictures/egim45edhe/9-aurora-colo/ (Of course, with just about any city, most crimes tends to be clustered in specific neighborhoods.) Stupid motherfucker.

Jason Joyce
Jason Joyce

I can't find where it says Aurora is one of the richest cities in the country. Source?

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

Well you said I was stupid. That's a shot at me. I looked at your profile like everyone else does. Hardly stalking....but also factual. Media inflates everything for a better story. That's also factual. My original statement said I know it's in Denver....again, factual. My OPINION was about aurora. Which by the way has been statistically higher in violent crimes than the national average for many years. That's also a fact. A simple search will show that. I don't care if people jump my shit. I care when people jump my shit without being able to distinguish fact from opinion. Which I clearly stated. Unlike you who assumed that I have no idea about Colorado. You insinuated it like I'm a transplant. I simply replied to a post with my opinion just like everyone does. You just don't like my my opinion. That's fine...so far it's still a free country and you are entitled to do so. So here.... Some facts for you. Like me, you can draw your own opinion. Violent crime rate in 2011 Aurora: 267.4 U.S. Average: 213.6 Violent crime rate in 2010 Aurora: 279.5 U.S. Average: 223.2 Violent crime rate in 2009 Aurora: 297.4 U.S. Average: 238.0 Violent crime rate in 2008 Aurora: 314.4 U.S. Average: 252.4 Violent crime rate in 2007 Aurora: 333.0 U.S. Average: 259.7 Violent crime rate in 2006 Aurora: 374.5 U.S. Average: 264.1 Violent crime rate in 2005 Aurora: 386.4 U.S. Average: 258.9 Violent crime rate in 2004 Aurora: 361.7 U.S. Average: 256.0 Violent crime rate in 2003 Aurora: 361.6 U.S. Average: 262.6 Violent crime rate in 2002 Aurora: 397.2 U.S. Average: 272.2 Violent crime rate in 2001 Aurora: 366.3 U.S. Average: 276.6 Violent crime rate in 2000 Aurora: 353.4 U.S. Average: 277.6 Violent crime rate in 1999 Aurora: 352.7 U.S. Average: 286.4 Read more: http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Aurora-Colorado.html#ixzz2q2s0xNwV

VerryFunney
VerryFunney

guns don't rape people, Obama-ville thugs do.

Bryan Moore
Bryan Moore

Born and bred. 6th generation Coloradoan. You? Grew up in North Denver BEFORE it turned into Yuppie Town. You? Lived on Capital Hill for 12 years. You? And the first thing you did was stalk my profile and take a shot at my employer, who whether you like or not, gives me significantly more credibility. I don't have a love affair with Aurora. I just get annoyed when people try to spread ignorance. It's a really easy concept: If you don't like people jumping your shit, don't make stupid (and by that I mean non factual) posts. You see, when you post actual facts, there isn't room for others to dispute them... There, problem solved.

Steven Lee Rish
Steven Lee Rish

White internet tough guys? Coming from the only keyboard gangster on this post. Almost every post has something racial in it from you. Further more pulling out a gun in self defense is not brandishing. Maybe start thinking before posting.

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

Spoken from someone who has no photo, no info and joined Facebook in November.

Sean Watne
Sean Watne

Funny how race isn't "relevant" if it's crimes against white citizens being raped but as soon as a white man does the same then all of a sudden it's racially motivated. Equality comes and goes both ways.

UFAIL
UFAIL

LoL.

Donkey Hotay is such a FAILURE that he has to go back and edit his posts to correct all of the grammar and syntax errors he frequently commits. When he can't do that, he DELETES them in SHAME.

ROTFLMAO !!!

guyfawkes1105
guyfawkes1105

find it interesting that Sterling's comments are about white guys having the desire to "whip out and brandish guns" when the crime that was perpetrated was clearly by a black male.  So he chooses to make it about race rather than the crime it self.


 How would you feel if that were your sister, mother or wife?  How would you feel if she wasn't successful in fighting off her attacker and was raped or killed?  That is more the point, you chose to make it about fighting violent crime with yours hands and feet rather the need to deter the crime in the first place. Had she had a gun, she probably wouldn't have been robbed and assaulted.  Perhaps the thug would have been captured through detainment or worst case shot.  


You fail to consider the psychological issues this victim may now suffer from. Perhaps never taking public transportation to work and maybe doesn't have a car, perhaps becoming agoraphobic and home bound because she is psychologically disabled.



Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

This woman successfully fights off her attacker with just her bare hands (and maybe a few kicks to the crotch for good measure) and yet, we have here several white Internet Tough Guys expressing their desire to whip out and brandish guns. LuLz.

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

You're just pissed because you live there. I'm a native. Born and raised. Capitol Hill. You? I know every area in this state.... Cause... Oh yeah I drive a truck. And oh yeah I've lived here for 40 years. Hell I helped build aurora. You? I'm well aware of home prices and demographics all over the metro area. You tend to learn a few things living here your whole life, partying everywhere, playing music everywhere and having friends everywhere. I've lived all over this city. And I mean ALL over. You? I don't need to look anything up. People that get so defensive only do so because for whatever the reason, aurora for example, has been pounded for bad publicity for A LONG time. There are rich comfy neighborhoods in the middle of terrible places all over this country. Doesn't mean that's a good thing. Cherry Creek for instance.... But crime still spills in from the surrounding areas. No different than Aurora. And like I stated.... Especially the Denver/aurora borders. So again I'm sorry if you can't read between the lines and get so angry about things. I don't like Aurora. Even the rich parts. That's my opinion. You apparently love it. That's your opinion. I however never took any shots at you personally. You however can't say the same.

Monica Duran
Monica Duran

"Spray it with mace and shoot it in the face" is my motto!

Bryan Moore
Bryan Moore

And you drive a truck. What's your point? If you had any familiarity with the area, which you obviously don't, you would be familiar with the demographics. You automatically label the area in question as "Aurora" whatever that means... When, in fact, only a small percentage of Aurora can be labeled as problematic. Bet you didn't know that Aurora is one of the richest cities in the country, did you? Look it up. Also, the area of the incident is inundated with homes well over the half million mark. I won't go into the ridiculously rich areas that are only "a couple more blocks" in each direction. Sick and tired of this stupid fad of associating shitty acts of crime with "Aurora" when other cities actually have higher crime rates. Try thinking for yourself before you regurgitate some crap you saw on facebook like Aurora being the epicenter of all crime in the state.

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

And holy shit people..... Westword always posts about things happening in aurora....crime namely. Sorry if you live in aurora and are pissed for the shot I took at it. I said I know that TECHNICALLY it's in Denver.... I took a shot at aurora, get over it. People are actually now saying it's 50 blocks away... It's 4 miles from Colorado blvd to Havana. Not 30 or 20 or 100 miles. 4 miles. Everyone knows that the bordering areas of aurora and Denver are a pit. And everyone knows suburbia aurora. It's a joke. Sensitive much?

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

So sterling Meeks what's YOUR solution? You talk and talk and say nothing. And who's crying about the demonizing of white males??? All people ever say is if the roles were reversed there would be outcry from the media and other angry people like Jackson and Sharpton. What amazes me is the double standard. It's ok for say...you, to talk shit and call people dumb ass, douchebag, impotent WHITE suburban douches..... Hell you've called me a lot of shit. If I let loose it'd probably start a frenzy. All you do is poke and prod looking for a fight. Until you actually say something concrete then shut your mouth.

Rebecca J. Mason
Rebecca J. Mason

Aurora is about 50, yes 5-0 blocks east of Colorado Blvd. I'm not sure the dig on Aurora or what it has to do with the article.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"Might be technically Denver but honestly anything east of Colorado Blvd is Aurora. Yet another wonderful bus load heading to the garden spot! " Never mind the fact that the incident in question occurred within the Denver city limits. Oops. Never mind the fact that Aurora still has a significantly lower violent crime rate than Denver. Oops. Dumb ass.

Justin Baca James
Justin Baca James

Dat mah cuzzin Tre. AY TRE GETCHA ASS HOME YOU ON PROBATION, FINNA GO AND SEXUALLY ASSAULT SOME HO

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

BTW, in order to prove some incident as a "hate crime," you have to actually show that the suspect in question was motivated primarily by racial hatred. Good luck with that in this instance, where is it almost assuredly his primary motive was to get his good ole jollies off. So typical of bored, IMPOTENT, white suburban DOUCHES to cry foul over the "demonization" of white males where it doesn't even apply.

Aaron Davidson
Aaron Davidson

When I see news stories like this, I always wish I spent time hanging out with thugs and assholes so I could turn them all in for the reward money. I never recognize anyone in these pictures. :(

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

The Internet Outrage Contingent never fails to "disappoint." The solution to all of society's problems: guns, guns, and more guns. Oh yeah...nothing like a good ole fashioned shootout at the OK Corral reenacted on public transit...or anywhere in modern society for that matter. Pathetic IMPOTENT DWEEBS.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Oh nos...the plight of the oppressed white male! *rolling of eyes*

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

Actually that's saying nothing. You work for a company that embellishes everything. I said technically it's Denver. And a couple more blocks east is aurora so how is that the dumbest thing you've ever seen on Facebook?

VerryFunney
VerryFunney

lib-tard logic = our rapists need to e protected from those mean old guns......only in Obama-ville does this make sense.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

I finally made myself a FB account, do you like it?

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

He wouldn't be doing it again if he had been shot and killed. Hopefully next time it isn't your mother or sister. I would say daughter but I doubt you have found someone that will let you try and reproduce. 

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

2010 FBI stats Aurora ranked the 15th safest city over 200k in violent crime. Where did Denver rank?  Dumb ass sheeple that only spout the crap they hear instead of actual research and facts.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

That is funny because I consider anything west of Havana as Denver.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom  ... so why not shoot and kill ALL criminal suspects?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@JimTom You really have the nerve to call someone a dumbass when he can't read your reply unless you post it on facebook?  Who's the dumbass?

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@JimTomCorrect, if she was in fear for her safety she had ever right to kill his dumb-ass.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom "If it is done in the commission of a violent crime I have no problem with it, shot [sic] em all. If you commit a violent crime and die in the process I have no problem with that at all."


So Tom Martino's wife should have been allowed to KILL him after he punched her in the face?


Noted.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@JimTomIf it is done in the commission of a violent crime I have no problem with it, shot em all. If you commit a violent crime and die in the process I have no problem with that at all. We would save a ton of tax money not having to charge, convict or house their sick asses.


I never said kill ALL criminal suspects. But it is fine with me if someone is killed while committing a violent crime.

UFAIL
UFAIL

HAHAHA fucking LOSER had to repost a simple 9-word thought he couldn't get right the first time !!!

ROTFLMAO !!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom "I guess you don't care if it was your mother."


Was your mother raped by a sex criminal?


@JimTom " I give no rights to sex criminals."


So ALL Pedophile Priests should be publicly EXECUTED ?? ... or imprisoned for LIFE ??




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom "Idiot can't even quote 6 word [sic]  correctly.! "


Epic fail!

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@UFAILIdiot can't even quote 6 word correctly.! 

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@UFAILI guess you don't care if it was your mother. I give no rights to sex criminals. Just how I am, if you want them on the streets why don't you just move one into your house?

UFAIL
UFAIL

"... So why not shot and kill ..."

OMG you FUCKING FAIL at LIFE.

ROTFLMAO!!!!

Stay FUCKING STUPID you clown.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@JimTomLet me see me posting on WW or them posting every ignorant and biased thought theyhave on FB for the world to see. It is pretty simple to see it was a FB post and know the steeple won't see it, they have moved on after their 5 second thought. I don't post these responses for the dumb-asses on FB I post them for the dumb-asses reading them on WW. Thanks for reading.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DonkeyHotayFake <== says the pathetic puke who can't even come up with his own username.


Keep sucking shit, loser.


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