Update: Justin Jay Hatfield busted in alleged sex assault, kidnapping of male Good Samaritan

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More photos, video below.
Update below: The online profile of Justin Jay Hatfield suggests that he's among the unlikeliest kidnapping-and-sex assault suspects ever. Most of the recent posts on his Facebook page highlight paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and a YouTube video shows him singing opera. Yet the Colorado Springs Police Department has named him a suspect in a crime involving a man who was allegedly victimized after acting as a Good Samaritan. Details and more photos below.

The "About" section of Hatfield's Facebook page notes his attendance at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, where he focused on vocal performance. Here's an October 2013 clip of him singing Handel as part of the Pikes Peak Community College Opera Scenes series:

As for the self-portraits Hatfield has posted, they're utterly commonplace. Here's one example...

...and another:

Far less typical are images being circulated by the Colorado Springs police:

Justin Jay Hatfield.
The latter shots appear to have been snapped last year; a Mugshots.com item lists Hatfield as having been booked in El Paso County last May for failure to appear. But right now, he's wanted on suspicion of infinitely more serious offenses.

On Monday night, April 14, according to KKTV, a driver encountered a man near Garden of the Gods and 30th Street in the Springs. The man said he'd run out of gas and needed a lift, and the driver complied -- to the man's regret.

Shortly thereafter, the man allegedly forced the driver to travel to an area on the west side of Colorado Springs near Gold Camp Road and sexually assaulted him.

A screen capture near the crime scene from KKTV coverage.
Several hours later, the pair wound up at a King Soopers near Fillmore and Centennial, where the victim managed to escape. The driver, believed to be Hatfield, apparently then fled on foot.

Police describe Hatfield as armed and dangerous -- a far cry from the arts-loving singer he seems to be.

Update: A short time ago, the Colorado Springs Police Department tweeted that Justin Jay Hatfield is in custody.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa April 15: "Eddie Simon faces possible life sentence for brutal cold-case sex assault."

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Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

Why do people dis on Florida so badly? Creepy crap happens all over the world.....not just in Florida!

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

I guess better not to be a good Samaritan!


This story is incredibly confusing. Was the suspect the driver or the hitchiker? At various point it says or implies both...

Chad Kautzer
Chad Kautzer

It's becoming a Westword tradition to find it surprising when people, who look like the Westword staff, commit horrific crimes. Look these white people (who commit by far the most crimes in Colorado) did something criminal. "The online profile of Justin Jay Hatfield suggests that he's among the unlikeliest kidnapping-and-sex assault suspects ever." Why? He does white people stuff.

muhutdafuga topcommenter

Those radical right wing cities are dangerous.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... all Samaritans are bad.

Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident  This is the kind of ignorance I've come to expect of someone who embraces organized violence.

fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident  

Donkey boy, a communist calling out a Libertarian is a bit of a joke, don't you think? 

Communists are still shunned as the red-stained shit birds they are.  

Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@muhutdafuga @Cognitive_Dissident @fishingblues  Like an ass, you tried to come at me as a "Republican" because your pinhead automatically classified me as such. Well, you missed, big man. Not a Republican, not right-wing. I know, your pinhead is going to explode now.

muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @Cognitive_Dissident

Fishingforyounghairlessboys claims to be thinking.  Another cultservaturd lie.

Two against one!  IT ISN'T fair.  You need a few more radical right wing cultists to make it fair.  Hopefully you will find someone that can stay on topic and who will deal with facts...

Oops, my mistake, FACTS ARE LIBERAL!

We need to stop these attacks by radical right wing nuts.  The conservative plan:  Tax cuts for the wealthy.

fishingblues topcommenter

 @Cognitive_Dissident @fishingblues

What is funny (and actually quite sad), I think she believes she is rational. 

The truly obtuse are too stupid to know how stupid they are.  it is axiomatic.     

muhutdafuga topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident @fishingblues@muhutdafugaTwo radical right wing nuts make two different posts.  Neither says anything, they just do the typical right wing things of name calling and confusing their delusions with facts.  You can't derive facts from radical right wing cult politics because FACTS ARE LIBERAL.  

Neither little cultist says anything about the topic.  Back to the topic, it looks like yet another right wing deviant is out and about in colorado springs misbehaving like these guys:

Republican Congressman Mark Foley abruptly resigned from Congress after "sexually explicit" emails surfaced showing him flirting with a 16-year old boy.

Republican executive Randall Casseday of the conservative Washington Times newspaper pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a 13-year old girl on the internet.

Republican chairman of the Oregon Christian Coalition Lou Beres confessed to molesting a 13-year old girl.

Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd pleaded guilty to charges of soliciting sex from an 8-year old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.

Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.

Republican petition drive manager Tom Randall pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of an associate in the petition business.

Republican County Chairman Armando Tebano pleaded guilty to fondling a 14-year-old girl.

Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.

Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted child molester.

Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.

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