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Man facing murder charges after woman found dead in bath tub at Lakewood motel

The woman has been identified as 32-year-old Rotasha Pryor-Thomas.
Credit: LPD

A 32-year-old man is facing murder charges after a woman was found dead in the bath tub of a hotel room in Lakewood earlier this month, according to the Lakewood Police Department (LPD). 

Rotasha Pryor-Thomas, 32, was found dead in a room at the Chalet Motel on Nov. 2, LPD said. According to an arrest affidavit, she was found in a bath tub, with the water still running and overflowing onto the floor. 

Following an investigation, Jarvis Gates, 38, was arrested at about 2 p.m. on Nov. 5. He faces the following charges: 

  • First degree murder- after deliberation 
  • First degree murder - felony murder
  • Second degree kidnapping 
  • Tampering with physical evidence

Gates is being held without bond at the Jefferson County jail. He's due back in court Nov. 26.

Credit: Lakewood Police Department

The Chalet Motel is located at 6051 West Alameda Avenue in Lakewood. Anyone with information about the case to call their tip line at 303-763-6800.

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