Suspect in sexual assault in Colorado Springs identified 15 years later as Atlantis G. Michaelson

New DNA testing leads police to suspect in jail

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New DNA testing helped Colorado Springs police identify 41-year-old Atlantis G. Michaelson as the suspect in a sexual assault case from 1997.

Investigators say a woman from Colorado Springs went to a local bar and grill with some friends and got involved in an argument.  She stepped outside to get some fresh air and was approached by a man who said he saw the argument. 

The man offered to give the victim a ride home, according to police.  He drove the victim to the parking lot of her apartment and then asked to come in.  When the victim declined, the man became angry, physically overpowered the victim and sexually assaulted her in his vehicle. 

Forensic evidence was collected from the victim and analyzed at the time, but investigators couldn’t identify a suspect.

This year, a CSPD cold case investigator reviewed the case.  The forensic evidence was resubmitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for additional DNA analysis using new and more sensitive methods.  A DNA profile of the suspect was developed, and the profile was entered into the FBI database. 

After the FBI notified police of a match, Colorado Springs police were able to identify the suspect as Michaelson.

Michaelson is currently being held at a Federal Penitentiary in Virginia and is due to be released in December of this year.  When he is released from prison, investigators plan to arrest him for the sexual assault.

If anyone has information about this case please call (719) 444-7000; or you may call Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. at (719) 634-STOP (7867); you do not have to give your name and could earn a cash reward.

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