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Local man faces rape charges in Boulder

Boulder police arrested a Glenwood Springs man Friday who they believe committed four rapes in Boulder.Bradford Thomas Wagner, 36, was arrested at his Glenwood Springs home on four counts of first degree sexual assault that occurred between 1993 and 1998, according to a press release from the Boulder Police Department.The “Tantra rapist,” nicknamed after a Boulder apartment complex where he attacked three women, raped four Boulder residents ranging in age from 30 to 48. Investigators in Boulder are looking into possible connections between Wagner and 14 unsolved rape cases in Colorado.

In 2002, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation linked DNA in the four cases of sexual assault to one person. The CBI also linked the person’s DNA to sexual assaults in Lakewood and Austin, Texas. The CBI began an exhaustive exhaustive search of public and commercial databases that would connect a potential suspect to Boulder, Lakewood and Austin near the time of the offenses. Boulder Police Commander Kurt Weiler said Wagner was singled out in part because of the number of times he moved over the past decade. He said Wagner’s previous contacts with police also piqued investigators’ interest, but declined to elaborate.A Boulder police investigator called Wagner, a real estate agent, on May 19, posing as a potential client. On May 20, the investigator met with Wagner in Glenwood Springs, where he obtained samples of Wagner’s DNA from Wagner’s bicycle handlebars, car door handle and apartment door knob. On June 9, the CBI linked Wagner’s DNA to that of the Tantra rapist.

On June 3, Wagner started in a new position as a real estate agent for ReMax Mountain West in Glenwood Springs, said Dave Struif, managing broker for the agency. Wagner left his last position, as a commercial real estate agent for Coldwell Banker in Aspen, to find a more centrally located office in the valley. He worked from a home office in Glenwood Springs for ReMax until his arrest on June 11. “We had looked at his production record and credentials and found he would be a good addition to our office,” Struif said. “We are all really saddened by this.”Wagner was taken to the Boulder County Jail on Friday without incident, where he is being held on $1 million bond.One Glenwood Springs Police Department officer was present at the arrest, said Sgt. Neil Wagstrom of the department.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. Contact Christine Dell’Amore: 945-8515, ext. 535cdellamore@postindependent.com

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