Adonnis Rucker's alleged claim: "Since you don't have money, you're going to get raped"
Earlier this month, we asked if you could help identify a man who'd allegedly tried to sexually assault a woman just off a bus.
Turns out the individual suspected of committing the crime, Adonnis Rucker, is seventeen. But the Denver District Attorney's Office has decided to charge him for this offense and others as an adult -- a decision that will presumably help keep him in custody, since he recently escaped while in juvenile custody. Photos, video and details below.
Our first look at the person now identified as Rucker came before we knew his name. The January 8 incident in question involved a reported robbery and sex-assault attempt near an RTD bus stop at South Monaco and East Iliff, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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The RTD subsequently released two images of the suspect culled from surveillance video. Here's the first....
...and the second:
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At first, only a general description of what happened was released. But a more detailed account appears in Rucker's arrest affidavit, shared below in its entirety.
At approximately 10:09 p.m. on the 8th, according to the document, a woman was on her way home from school and waiting for the bus at the Southmoore Light Rail Station, at 3737 South Monaco Parkway, when a man approached and asked her for the time. Once the bus arrived, he and the woman boarded -- and they both disembarked at Iliff and Monaco.
Then, as the woman walked to her apartment, the man grabbed her from behind, threw her to the ground, struck her on the left side with what she described as a "hard object," and ordered her to "Give me all your money!"
She did so, handing over around $200. But the man wasn't satisfied. The affidavit maintains that he went through her backpack, removed a cell phone, and dragged her behind a wall. In response to her screams, he choked her and said, "If you call for help, I will kill you."
Fortunately, the woman managed to get away as the man was tugging at her pants.
Just over a week later, on January 16, the cops heard about another offense they now believe was committed by Rucker, too.
Continue for more about the charges against Adonnis Rucker, two more interactive graphics, a photo, a video and the arrest affidavit. At about 1:45 p.m. on that day, the affidavit notes, a woman parked her car on 11th Avenue (the exact address has been expunged) when a man matching Rucker's description approached and asked her for directions to 13th and Mariposa. But when she turned to point, he allegedly grabbed her around her neck with his arm and dragged her into an alley on the 1000 block alley of North Galapago Street and North Inca Street. They wound up behind a dumpster at 722 West 11th Avenue.
Here's a Google Map of that address:
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Again, the man demanded cash. This time, the victim didn't have her wallet, but she offered her cell phone. The suspect took it, then reportedly pointed a handgun at her head and said, "Since you don't have money, you're going to get raped. That's just how it goes. I'm a gang member."
The man is said to have ordered the woman to the ground, and she complied while begging for her life -- at least until she heard a click from the gun and was able to tell that it was either a fake or a toy. An instant later, a car pulled into the alley. The woman yelled and the man fled, with the cell phone in his possession.
The phone proved to be his undoing. The police traced the device to an area on Wheeling Street, and midday on January 17, they saw a young man who looked like the person in the surveillance photos from the RTD bus a week or so earlier. He got into a vehicle and hit the road.
After tracking the man to an RTD bus terminal at 12300 East Albrook Drive, officers moved in.
Here's a graphic of the site:
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At this point, Rucker took off running, but he didn't get far; he was struck by a police cruiser that had been shifted into reverse. Rucker required medical attention.
Before long, Rucker's mom identified him, and the cops learned he had an active warrant in his name for escape -- something at which he excelled. Example? On January 23, the day of a hearing related to his case, he was being transported near Gilliam Detention Center, a facility for juvenile offenders, when he managed to get loose, prompting a lockdown at Manual High School and a warning for residents living in the area near 28th and Downing to stay in their homes.
His freedom was short-lived: He was busted at around 6 p.m. on January 24. And now, the district attorney has leveled adult charges against him: four counts each of second-degree kidnapping and attempted sexual assault, plus two counts apiece of aggravated robbery and felony menacing.
Look below to see a larger version of Rucker's booking photo, followed by a CBS4 report following his capture and the aforementioned arrest affidavit.
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
More from our Mile High Murder archive circa April 2013: "Isaiah Moreno arrested in fatal stabbing of Estevan Ruiz on RTD bus (70)."