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Adams County man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting woman in outbuilding is formally charged

Posted: 7:07 AM, Mar 05, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-05 09:07:03-05
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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — The Adams County man accused of kidnapping a woman and assaulting her in an outbuilding over the weekend has been formally charged in connection to the alleged crime.

David Lara-Ramirez, 27, of unincorporated Adams County was charged with second-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping by use of a deadly weapon, and sexual assault, according to 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young. All the charges are felonies. He was advised of the charges on Wednesday afternoon and is being held on a $75,000 bond.

Around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Adams County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a location on Powhaton Road after receiving a report about a sexual assault, the sheriff's office reported.

Based on the preliminary investigation, deputies said that on Friday night, Lara-Ramirez took a woman from a Brighton tavern to a ranch on Powhaton Road without her consent. He forced her into an outbuilding on the property and sexually assaulted her and beat her at gunpoint, according to the sheriff's office.

The woman was able to escape the following morning and ran to a neighboring ranch for help. The residents there called 911.

When deputies arrived that morning, they located Lara-Ramirez in the outbuilding, which is located at 14601 Powhaton Road. He was arrested. Deputies said they also found the firearm nearby.

Lara-Ramirez's preliminary hearing is set for 2 p.m. on March 26.