Instagram photos posted from stolen iPad lead Springs police to rape, robbery suspect
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A rape and home-invasion robbery suspect was tripped up when photos of a masked man taken with a stolen iPad were posted on the Instagram account belonging to the victim's husband, Colorado Springs police say.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that investigators used technology to track the iPad to Fort Carson soldier Felicion Charles, who was arrested Saturday on charges of sexual assault, aggravated robbery and burglary.
Charles is a accused of being one of two armed men wearing bandanas over their faces who entered a woman's apartment on Westmeadow Drive around 1 a.m. on July 1.
Once inside, police say Charles sexually assaulted the woman at gunpoint while his accomplice burglarized the home.
The victim told police she twice refused her attacker's orders to take off her shorts. But she complied after the man held a handgun her head and asked, "Doesn't this feel real?" according to court records cited by the Gazette.
The thieves stole an iPhone, an iPad, an Xbox, a Sony laptop, jewelry, cigarettes, a camera and a Bushmaster rifle.
Three days after the assault, the rape victim noticed new images on her husband's Instagram account, which were linked to the husband's stolen iPad, the newspaper reported. The photos included a young man wearing a bandana to cover his face.
An iPad can be used to post photos with location data to the owner’s Instagram account. An iPad also has security software that pinpoints the device's location and a mapping program that shows where photos on the device were taken.
Police used technology to track down the Instagram posts and identify Charles' younger brother as the person responsible for the photos, according to court papers cited by the Gazette. This eventually led detectives to Charles and his home, where several items taken during the home-invasion were recovered, police said.
Police said they are holding Charles on $500,000 bond because of the serious threat and psychological effect of the crime on the victim. 7NEWS is not identifying Charles' brother, because it is not known if he has been arrested in the case. Earlier, police said an accomplice in the home-invasion had not been arrested.
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