Donald Shores busted in ultra-disturbing cold case sex assault
Donald Shores. More images and an arrest affidavit below.
We've documented plenty of shocking acts in our Colorado Crimes archive over the years, including a brutal cold-case sex assault arrest from earlier this year that could earn Eddie Simon a life sentence.
But few of the allegations we've shared over the years have been as disturbing as the ones documented in the arrest warrant on view below for Donald Ray Shores, who's accused of raping two at-risk women nearly twenty years apart. Warning: The details may disturb some readers.
At about 5:35 a.m. on September 6, 1994, according to the police report, officers were called to the 2000 block of Colorado Boulevard.
Not far from this location, they found a 67-year-old female assault victim. She was lying in a grassy area being assisted by two elderly men and the clothes she was wearing were "torn and misplaced," the document states.
A grassy area on the 2200 block of Colorado Boulevard, near where the victim was found.
The victim, who'd walked away from an unnamed "personal care boarding house" a couple of days earlier, was given a sex-assault exam at University Hospital in addition to treatment for "closed fractures of facial bones, abrasions and friction burns." She didn't have any teeth, either, but investigators subsequently learned that was normal for her.
Efforts to interview the woman about the person who hurt her so badly went for naught. The police report blots out her diagnosis, but it notes that she was transferred to the facility's psychiatric wing. She was subsequently placed in a Grand Junction-area nursing home and passed away in December 2000 from colon cancer unrelated to the attack on her.
Over the intervening years, no arrest was made for the woman's attacker. But this past January, a break came after a forensic scientist with the Denver Police Crime Lab ran a sample from the woman's rape kit through a national DNA database and scored a hit with Donald Shores, described as "an over-the-road truck driver for a Michigan-based transport company." He'd been busted in Texas for conspiracy to distribute meth -- and he was also a suspect in an alleged sex assault on another disabled victim in Temple, the Texas community where he'd most recently been living.
The woman in question was only 48, but she more than fit the qualifications for being "at risk."
Continue for more about the cold-case sex assault arrest of Donald Shores, including additional photos and the arrest warrant.
A Google Maps screen capture near Donald Shores's last known address in Temple, Texas.
A staffer at the facility that cared for her told a Denver investigator that she "mumbled a lot and was hard to understand because she had no teeth."
Her mental health was problematic as well. The facility employee said she "couldn't be trusted to go across the street to the grocery store without getting lost" and actively avoided bathing. He believed "any normal person" would know immediately that she suffered from impairment.
The Texas arrest report in the case said Shores met the woman in a hospital emergency room and was visiting her residence a few days later when he fell asleep in her bed. After discovering Shores there, the woman took some medication that "knocks her out" and laid down in the bed alongside him.
Those who want to know the horrifying details about what allegedly happened next can read about it in the police report -- but evidence included bloody sheets and a bloody adult diaper.
The document doesn't explicitly state that Shores was accused in the 2013 incident. However, the Denver District Attorney has now formally charged Shores with aggravated sexual assault and crime of violence in the 1994 case. At last report, he was awaiting extradition from Texas to Colorado after having been issued a $250,000 bond.
Look below to see a full-sized version of Shores's mug shot, followed by the arrest affidavit.
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa April 15: "Eddie Simon faces possible life sentence for brutal cold-case sex assault."
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