John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

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January 21, 2010
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Charges filed in 18-month-old Glenwood sexual assault case

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Prosecutors formally charged Matthew Donald Weaver, 24, with felony counts of second-degree kidnapping and sexual assault, Wednesday.

Weaver is suspected of allegedly sexually assaulting a 28-year-old Denver woman during the Strawberry Days weekend in June 2008.

Police arrested Weaver on Jan. 9, in connection with the 18-month-old case. At the time, Glenwood Police Chief Terry Wilson said that investigators received some recently examined physical evidence from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, a few days prior to Weaver's arrest, identifying him as a potential suspect.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, CBI received a positive match through the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), from biological evidence found on the victim's pants.

According to the affidavit, the victim reported that she was walking south on Grand Avenue at approximately 2:30 a.m. on June 21, 2008, when she felt a hand on her upper back, just below her neck. The victim told investigators that she was then forced into an alley near the intersection of Grand Avenue and 10th Street.

The victim told authorities that she was pushed up against a wall, and was forced to have sex. The victim stated also that she felt like she should try to fight off the offender, but that "she just froze."

The affidavit indicated that the victim and Weaver were "acquaintances" and that the victim had spoken with Weaver just minutes before the alleged incident occurred.

Weaver remains in the Garfield County Jail on $150,000 bond.">class="NormalParagraphStyle">

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