Now, improved DNA technology has resulted in a bust for an even older crime -- the sexual assault of a fourteen year old way back in 1995.
Suspect Markie Lee Peoples was 22 when the terrible incident took place. Look below for details from his arrest affidavit, including the long process that led to him winding up in custody.
About three in the afternoon of March 23, 1995, according to the police report, seen below in its entirety, the girl and two companions were in the vicinity of 8th and Wadsworth when they were engaged in conversation by an unknown male variously described as African American or Hispanic.
He subsequently gave the victim his pager number -- an action that further dates the events that followed.
The three girls left, changed clothes and then returned to a restaurant near the 8th and Wadsworth intersection, where they again saw the pager guy. He subsequently offered to give them a ride to a friends' house -- but after getting into a packed car (six men were inside), they were instead taken to an apartment in Denver on the 200 block of Sherman Street.
At the apartment, beer drinking ensued, but the victim was nervous and tried phoning her mom -- a call interrupted by one of the men
A short time later, two men left, but not before promising they'd return by 5 p.m. to take the girls home. While they were waiting, however, the man with the pager began kissing the victim's neck. She told him "no" and headed to another room in the apartment, but the affidavit maintains that he followed her and kept up his unwanted attentions.
And escalated them.
After cornering the victim in a room, and sending another of his cohorts out to keep an eye on her friends, he allegedly grabbed the girl, threw her on the bed, and tried to force his hands down her shorts. The report says he then forcibly removed the garment and her underwear and raped her while threatening to punch her if she cried out. He's also said to have attempted anal sex and choked her to the point where she had difficulty breathing, all while another man stood watching -- and ignoring the victim's pleas for help. Only afterward were the girls allowed to leave.
The girl reported the crime the next day, after she'd bathed, which complicated efforts to get forensic information. A rape kit was performed on the girl, but no semen was detected in it.
The case subsequently went cold -- but it didn't die.
The first attempt to revive the investigation took place in September 2004, when a new detective reviewed the evidence and arranged for it to be retested.
Once again, no semen was found in the victim's rape kit -- but some was detected on her underwear. Unfortunately, though, there wasn't enough markers found in the sample to create a profile for uploading to the Combined DNA Index System, shorthanded as CODIS, as of March 2005.
Over the next eight years, DNA testing continued to improve, and this past June, yet another detective tried again to create a profile -- and this time, the gear was up to the challenge. In September, the information was submitted to CODIS and quickly scored a strike with Peoples, age forty.
Thus far, a photo of Peoples has not been shared publicly, due to the ongoing investigation. But an image was shown to the victim earlier this month. She didn't recognize him from the pic, but she confirmed that she'd never had consensual sex with him.
Now, Peoples has been charged with sexual assault on a child and kidnapping. He's currently free on a $50,000 bond, but he's due back in court for a preliminary hearing late next month.
Look below to read the arrest affidavit.
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