Police: Armed robbery became sexual in nature

8:59 PM, Aug 17, 2011   |    comments
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Boulder Police say a woman was gathering her things out of her car in an apartment parking garage in the 2300 block of Pearl Street around 11 p.m. when she noticed a Hispanic man riding a red, cruiser-style bike through the garage circle back towards her.

The 40-year-old victim says the man approached her with a handgun as she walked up the stairs. The suspect asked the victim what she was carrying, and she gave him most of her packages and her purse. The victim told police she asked the suspect not to hurt her.

Officers say the suspect then lifted the hem of the victim's dress to view her underwear, and then took her by the wrist and placed her hand on his groin.

The victim told police a noise was made in the garage that startled the suspect. The man fled the scene on foot.

The victim was not hurt. She was able to contact a friend who called police.

Police say this is the third armed robbery since Aug. 11 involving a suspect described as a round-faced Hispanic male in his 20s with short, spiky hair. He is about 5 feet 6 inches tall, was last seen blue jeans and riding a red, beach-cruiser style bicycle.

On Aug. 11, police say a female student was robbed of her purse at gunpoint by a Hispanic man on the University of Colorado campus. She was not injured.

Police say three women were robbed at gunpoint on Aug. 15 around 4 p.m. in the 500 block of Canyon Boulevard along the bike path. They say the Hispanic male took their purses and fled on a silver bike.

Authorities say they have increased patrols, especially in the Boulder Creek bike path area.

They are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to call 911.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Boulder Police Department's Tip Line at 303-441-1974. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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