Suspect in stabbing of mother and toddler on Wheat Ridge trail is also a fugitive sex offender

Mom, toddler recovering from stab wounds

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - Wheat Ridge police have identified 44-year-old Marvin Gean Wilson as the man suspected of stabbing a mother and her toddler son on the Greenbelt trail along Clear Creek Thursday morning.

Wilson is a convicted sex offender with an outstanding 2007 arrest warrant for allegedly raping a girl under age 15 at his Wheat Ridge apartment after giving her beer and Jagermeister shots, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by 7NEWS. Police say Wilson fled rather than surrender to police in September 2007 and has been a fugitive ever since.    

Police say Wilson is a white man who is 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue shorts, a blue shirt, black boots and he had tattoos on his shoulders, chest and neck.

Police say people should call 911 if they see Wilson.

In the stabbings, the mother and son were attacked while walking along the Greenbelt path near West 48th Avenue and Otis Street, said Wheat Ridge police spokesman John Romero.

The woman told police a man jumped out at them on the trail and she tried to run with her child, but the man caught them, repeatedly stabbing her in the legs and stabbing the toddler in his stomach, Romero said. The attacker then fled.

An elderly couple came upon the injured pair on the trail and called 911. The mother and son were transported by ambulance to Denver Health Medical Center, Romero said.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, the little boy's condition was described as stable. He spent the night in the Intensive Care Unit as a precaution. The mother's condition was also improved.

Police said the woman knew her attacker and identified Wilson by name. Detectives are investigating what the association is between the woman and Wilson, Romero said.

The greenbelt was searched by officers and trained dogs. The investigators found some evidence, but the specific details were not made public.

Wilson has a long criminal history in Colorado, including several arrests and at least one conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, according to court records. He's currently wanted on an outstanding 2008 arrest warrant for failure to register as a sex offender in Park County.

In 1999, Wilson was arrested in Federal Heights and charged with sexual assault on a child, court records state. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of misdemeanor sexual assault without consent and served six months in jail.

In 2005, Wilson was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender in Lakewood. He pleaded guilty and served six months days in jail.

In September 2007, Wheat Ridge police began investigating reports that Wilson had sexually assaulted a girl when she was less than 15 years old in 2005, court records said. Wilson's arrest affidavit was heavily redacted to protect the identities of the juvenile victims and witnesses. But, in 2007, two of the girls interviewed by detectives were 16 years old, one girl was 15 years old and a fourth girl was 18 years old, the affidavit said.

One girl told police Wilson had raped her in November or December 2005 when she spent the night at the Sheridan Boulevard apartment of Wilson and his then-wife, Jessica, the affidavit said.

The girl said she and Wilson, who goes by the nickname "Bud," were drinking beer, Jagermeister "bombs" and Red Bull shots while his wife and a child were sleeping.

The girl told investigators she was lying on a futon in the living room when Wilson jumped on her, pinning her down as he pulled down her pants and his pants, the affidavit said. The girl said she remembered Wilson beginning to rape her and then she blacked out. She said she wasn't sure if she blacked out because Wilson hit her or she hit her head or simply blacked out.

The girl told police she woke up the next day with sexual injuries, the affidavit said. The girl said she didn't want to tell anyone about the rape for a long time. But in September 2007, the girl said her boyfriend saw a text messages from someone else referring to the rape. The boyfriend said if the girl didn't go to the police then he would have his mother call police.

Police interviewed Wilson's wife, who said she knew that her husband was "a sex offender, a felon and an addict," the affidavit said. "Because of his history, (the wife told investigators) she does not allow drugs in her residence, and she takes extra precautions to ensure that he is never alone with juvenile females."

Wilson's wife filed for divorce and moved out of the state.

Wilson told police the girl accusing him of sexual assault was often at his apartment and spent the night there once. But he denied giving her alcohol and said the only time the girl drank alcohol at his home was when her father was present, the affidavit said.

Wheat Ridge investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Wilson charging him with child sexual on a victim under age 15 by a person in a position of trust, but he failed to surrender to police and remains a fugitive.

Wilson has served three stretches in the Colorado Department of Corrections since 1995 for convictions for theft, forgery and drug possession, court records state. He has had several parole violation arrests that forced his return to prison.

Authorities say Wilson uses more than a half dozen aliases and DOC records list his name as "Fletcher Wilson". Colorado Bureau of Investigation arrest records also show two different birth dates for Wilson.

7NEWS has been contacted by the real Fletcher Wilson, who is Marvin Wilson's brother. Fletcher Wilson, who lives outside of Colorado, said he's frustrated that his brother has used his name as an alias. This has created difficulties for Fletcher Wilson, including being questioned at times by law enforcement and stopped once while traveling overseas because his name is flagged as a known alias for the fugitive Marvin Wilson .