One of the selling points for pedicabs is that people who've overindulged can use them to travel safely from place to place.
But that wasn't the case for one Denver woman.
After passing out in a pedicab, she awoke semi-nude in a downtown alley to discover that she'd been sexually assaulted — and prosecutors believe that Jarrett Carter, the man they've charged with the crime, was her driver.
The journey to these charges, as traced in an arrest affidavit on view below, was long and complicated.
At about 2:10 a.m. on July 15, 2014, according to the document, a Denver police officer was called to the area of 15th and Market on a report of a possible sexual assault.
Here's an interactive graphic from the location. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."
Upon his arrival, the officer spoke with a woman characterized as being "heavily intoxicated." She said she'd awakened in a nearby alley with her pants and underwear off.
Laying nearby was a pedicab driver, who claimed she'd asked him to bring her to the area — and then quickly hopped on his bike and pedaled away.
The woman believed she'd been sexually assaulted and emphasized that the act couldn't have been consensual, since "she is gay and only sleeps with women," the report states.
After describing the pedicab driver as a mixed-race male with dreadlocks down to his shoulder, the woman was given a rape-kit examination and asked to return to complete her statement around 10 a.m. that day. However, she failed to do so and officers subsequently learned that she was a transient with no fixed address.
Months later, in February 2015, lab results finally confirmed the presence of sperm from the labial swabs used in the examination, and the following May, DNA from the sample scored a hit with Carter, whose profile was in the system owing to a previous offense.
Moreover, investigators discovered that the victim had been booked into Denver Women's Correctional Facility — and during an interview this month, she added additional details.
That night, she'd been at Leela European Cafe, near 15th and Stout, as seen in this interactive graphic....
...when a pedicab driver offered to help her find a place to stay.
Shortly after climbing into the passenger compartment of the pedicab, she passed out — and the next thing she knew, she was in the aforementioned alley with her pants and boxers around her ankles.
"What the hell? Why are my pants down?" she asked the driver.
He replied that he'd removed them to help her urinate, but she didn't buy this explanation.
"What the fuck did you do to me?" she demanded.
At that point, the pedicab driver split.
Shortly thereafter, the woman looked at a photo lineup, but although one person looked familiar to her, she was uncertain if he was her attacker.
Next, investigators tracked down Carter, who was on probation for a drug-related offense. He said he'd been working as a pedicab driver downtown since 2011 and sometimes had sex with his passengers. However, he said he didn't recognize a photo of the victim — and he thought he would if he'd had sex with her. But he offered no explanation of how his DNA had gotten onto her body — and days later, the woman decided that she wanted to move ahead with pressing criminal charges against him.
Carter has now been charged with felony sexual assault. He remains in custody on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled for a court appearance on July 13.
Look below to see Carter's booking photo, followed by the arrest affidavit.
Denver District Attorney's Office
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