Accused Serial Rapist Commits Suicide In Jail

Wagner Faced Charges In Boulder And Lakewood

An accused serial rapist apparently committed suicide while being held in the Boulder County Jail Wednesday, the sheriff's office said.

Police said Bradford Thomas Wagner was responsible for rapes in Boulder, Lakewood and Austin, Texas.

Bradford Thomas Wagner, 37, a real estate agent from Aspen, Colo., was found hanging by the neck from a bed sheet fashioned around his bunk bed.

Wagner was being held under a $500,000 bond on several sex assault charges in Boulder and Lakewood and on a warrant from Texas.

A deputy found Wagner unconscious in his cell shortly before 11 a.m., and called for assistance. Wagner could not be revived and was pronounced dead on arrival at Boulder Community Hospital.

The Boulder County coroner was conducting an autopsy to confirm the exact manner and cause of death.

Boulder police said they tied Wagner's DNA to four unsolved rape cases at apartments in Boulder. The alleged assaults occurred between 1993 and 1998 in the Trantra and Bridgewalk apartment complexes. Wagner was living in the neighborhood at the time, according to police.

Wagner was arrested in June, 2004 in Glenwood Springs, Colo., after an investigator manged to obtain DNA evidence from the handlebars of a bicycle that Wagner owned.

Boulder detectives said DNA also linked Wagner to a 1994 sexual assault in Lakewood, Colo., and a 1995 sexual assault in Austin, Texas.

Public records show that Wagner had an extensive arrest record in at least six states.

He was arrested in San Clemente, Calif., on suspicion of grand theft auto and receiving stolen goods in 1985 and in Panama City, Fla., in 1990 for investigation of burglary, according to records.

He was arrested for similar crimes in Jourdanton, Texas; Bismarck, N.D., and Jacksonville, N.C. He was arrested in Colorado for drunken driving in Arvada in 1992 and Steamboat Springs in 1997.

News of his arrest as a suspected serial rapist shocked the Aspen real estate company where he was employed.

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