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Suspect in Denver sexual assault charged

Abiye Adamu, 31, is also believed to be connected to sexual assaults that occurred between Nov. 25 and Nov. 29, according to Denver Police.

DENVER — The Denver District Attorney's Office has charged a man arrested in connection with a kidnapping and sexual assault that occurred on Nov. 28.

The DA said Friday that 31-year-old Abiye Adamu has been charged with two counts of sexual assault by overcoming will with a deadly weapon, two counts of sexual assault by force or threat, two counts of sexual assault by threat of kidnapping, one count of kidnapping a victim for sex, one count of kidnapping a victim with a deadly weapon, one count of second-degree assault -- strangulation, one count of menacing with a real or simulated weapon, as well as the sentence enhancing charge of violent crime.  

He is due in court on Dec. 7 to be advised of the charges against him, the DA said. 

It is believed Adamu was also involved in three other sexual assaults in late November, according to a release from the Denver Police Department (DPD).

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Adamu was taken into custody on the evening of Nov. 30 on charges related to an incident at 16th Avenue and Logan Street on Nov. 28, according to police. He's believed to be involved in three additional sexual assaults that occurred between Nov. 25 and Nov. 29.

The four assaults occurred in the following areas:

  • 17th Street and Wynkoop Street
  • E. 16th Avenue and N. Logan Street
  • 17th Street and N. Broadway
  • E. Colfax Avenue and N. Clarkson Street

As reports came in, investigators saw similarities, and "extensive" investigative resources were dedicated to identifying and arresting the suspect, according to police. DPD said "forensic evidence" helped them identify Adamu as a suspect.

The victims reported that Adamu either forced or lured them into his vehicle, which is described as a 2016 black Honda Civic. In addition to the cases currently under investigation, DPD believes there could be additional victims.

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Anyone who is a victim in Denver but has not reported the crime is asked to contact Denver Police at 720-913-2000. If someone is a victim outside of Denver, they should contact the law enforcement agency where the incident occurred.

Adamu's photo is not being released at this time, because DPD said it could hamper investigative efforts.