Kidnap victim possibly raped |

Kidnap victim possibly raped

Greg Masse
Post Independent Staff

Lakewood police said the Silt woman kidnapped while walking on County Road 225 in Garfield County might have been raped.

Also, Lakewood police spokeswoman Stacie Oulton said the woman reported that three men kidnapped her, not two as reported Wednesday by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

“A 20-year-old woman reported she’d been abducted in the Rifle area by three men,” Oulton said. “Then she reported being sexually assaulted and let go in Lakewood.”

The whereabouts of the three men, who reportedly were Hispanic and driving a blue Honda or Toyota car, is not known.

The woman told police the car stopped once at a rest stop in Glenwood Canyon, once at a gas station in Eagle or Vail, then headed into Denver.

Once in the Denver area, the woman told police she was taken to a vacant shopping center parking lot and sexually assaulted by one of the men.

She told police she was later let go in Lakewood and found her way to Bear Creek High School, where school officials called police at 3:40 p.m.

Vallario said Lakewood police picked up the woman and began to question her about what happened. She was then taken to an area hospital in Lakewood. Lakewood police later determined that the alleged crime fell under the jurisdiction of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Lou Vallario said the woman was picked up by her mother Thursday and driven back home. Deputies were on their way to the woman’s home to investigate the alleged sex assault.

Vallario also said the woman would be taken to Valley View Hospital to get a sexual assault nurse examiner test.

“Hopefully we’ll know more (Friday),” Vallario said.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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