DNA helps Denver prosecutors charge Eddie Sutton in kidnapping, sex assault of woman in 2001

Katie's Law forces suspect to give up DNA

DENVER - DNA has helped Denver prosecutors charge a man in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman 12 years ago.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey on Thursday formally charged 45-year-old Eddie Simon with felony kidnapping, two counts of felony sexual assault and misdemeanor assault.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 24, 2001, a 20-year-old woman was leaving her parents’ house to return to her own home.

The charges allege that Simon pulled her into his car and took her to a remote area at the old Lowry Air Force Base site where he sexually assaulted her at knifepoint, said district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.

The woman was able to escape, but police were unable to identify a suspect at the time.

Police did not have a lead until earlier this year, when Simon was arrested on felony drug charges.  His DNA was taken at the time of his arrest under Katie’s Law. The federal law, which took effect in Colorado in 2010, allows authorities to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony and enter it in a nationwide database to see if it matches samples taken from unsolved crimes.

Simon’s DNA sample was a match for the sexual assault from 2001. 

He remains in custody in the Denver Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on Tuesday to be formally advised of the charges.

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