University Hill in Boulder is heavily populated by students who attend classes on the nearby University of Colorado campus -- and plenty of them are terrified by a recent sex crime even though local police have made an arrest in the case.
Why? For one thing, Brandon Heginger, the man accused in the incident, apparently chose his victim entirely at random. For another, he doesn't live in the area, but came there to "party."
The Boulder Police Department has not yet released a mug shot of Heginger, and we're refraining from sharing photos from his Facebook page in light of the ongoing investigation. However, that page, peppered with pics showing him posing with his grandparents and friends, identifies the 22-year-old as a longtime resident of Iowa who attended Iowa State University and Ellsworth Community College. Last August, he posted the following message: "Moving to Colorado this Tuesday. Last party night in Ames!! Hit me up!!!"
Heginger is said to be a resident of Lakewood, not Boulder. But investigators believe he was in the latter community on April 13, partying with friends into the wee hours.
Meanwhile, a young woman was sleeping in her home on the 100 block of Grandview Avenue on University Hill when she was awakened in the rudest way imaginable.
In an interview with 9News in which her identity is concealed, she reveals that she woke up to feel a stranger's hands running up and down her body. That she was unconscious when this abuse started only makes what happened that much more disturbing, she concedes.
The estimated time of the attack: between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.
When the woman confronted him, the man left -- but he took a laptop computer with him. And that proved to be his downfall.
Officers were able to trace the computer to Heginger's place, on the 12100 block of West Nevada Drive in Lakewood. The area is captured in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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Afterward, the BPD says Heginger admitted that he'd broken into the woman's home -- a residence he'd chosen at random -- and sexually assaulted her.
Anyone with more information about the incident or Heginger is encouraged to contact Detective Jeremy Frenzen at 303-441-1890 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Here's the aforementioned 9News report.
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More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa July 2011: "Sex assault suspect in Boulder wanted for attacking woman during 4:30 a.m. fast-food run."