DENVER - Denver prosecutors have charged a man in a 12-year-old cold case where a Denver woman was abducted from a bus stop at gunpoint and sexually assaulted in the back yard of a vacant home.
The suspect, Dony Salazar, 30, is already serving 20 years in state prison for a terrifying carjacking in 2001. He was accused of stabbing a pregnant woman, stealing her pickup truck with her two children inside and crashing it into a tree, injuring the children.
In the sexual assault case, Salazar is now charged with felony kidnapping and sexual assault with a deadly weapon, according Denver district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.
On the morning of Dec. 16, 2000, a 40-year-old woman was waiting at a bus stop at 38th Avenue and Tejon Street in Denver. Salazar is accused of grabbing the woman and forcing her at gunpoint into the back yard of the nearby vacant home where he repeatedly sexually assaulted her, Kimbrough said.
No one was arrested in the attack at the time. But after the case was reopened as part of Denver’s Cold Case Project, DNA evidence linked Salazar to the sexual assault, Kimbrough said.
According to an arrest report, police interviewed Salazar in prison and showed him a picture of the victim. The report states Salazar "was adamant that he has never seen" the victim of the rape and that he had never had sex with her.
In January 2001, Salazar was only 18 years old when he was accused of stabbing a 25-year-old pregnant woman, stealing her pickup with her two children inside and crashing it into a tree, injuring the children.
The attack was widely reported afterward because he disappeared and Denver police speculated he had fled to Mexico. Records show he was later arrested and found guilty of aggravated robbery with intent to kill, maim or wound and sentenced to 20 years in Colorado prison in 2006.
Salazar is scheduled to be formally advised of the new charges on May 29 in Denver County Court.