DENVER - Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged two men who are accused of forcing a woman waiting at a Denver bus stop into a stolen car and then driving across the state as one man repeatedly sexually assaulted her.
Authorities said the men left the traumatized woman at an Interstate 70 rest area in Glenwood Canyon on June 12. The suspects were soon arrested in Glenwood Springs after a state trooper spotted them sitting in a stolen car, according to an arrest affidavit.
The District Attorney's Office said 34-year-old Robert Pacheco Jr. is charged with sexual assault and aggravated motor vehicle theft. The other suspect, 24-year-old Michael Clapper, is charged with aggravated motor vehicle assault.
The victim was found by state troopers at the Bair Ranch rest area and transported by ambulance to Valley View Hospital.
During a hospital interview with a Denver police detective, the 34-year-old woman said she was waiting at a bus stop at about 8 a.m. on June 11 when two men pulled up in a red Honda Civic and said they were going to Las Vegas. She said the men then forced her into the car and drove off.
Clapper told police that the woman willingly got into the car. But Clapper also said that Pacheco raped the woman five times in the back seat of the car, starting at two different gas stations in Denver, and continuing as they drove through the mountains, according to the affidavit.
A detective wrote in the affidavit that the victim became very upset as she described being sexually assaulted by Pacheco. She said some of the car's windows were smashed out and the openings were covered with plastic trash bags.
The woman also said they stopped at several truck stops and the men were trying to get truck drivers to have sex with her for money.
She said she told the men she wanted to go home, but the men just replied she was riding in a stolen car, the affidavit said.
The woman said the men were drinking what appeared to be whiskey out of plastic bottle and gave some of it to her when she said she was thirsty. The victim said she hadn't been drinking prior to the abduction.
After sleeping overnight in the car, the woman said she woke up after sunrise and overheard the men "talking about getting rid of her since she wasn't making any money."
They pulled over at the Bair Ranch rest area and the men told her to sit on a bench, The men said they were "going to do something stupid" and they would return for her.
They never came back and state troopers found her instead.
After the two suspects were arrested, Pacheco would not talk to an investigator and asked for an attorney.