Three Shocking Strikes That Struck Out Serial Rapist Isaiah Hunter
Isaiah Hunter. Graphics and more below.
Denver District Attorney's Office
Isaiah Hunter wasn't only sentenced for one horrible crime this week.
No, the 24-year-old received punishment for three — incidents so disturbing that they could add up to a life sentence.
Assorted arrest documents on view below offer strong arguments for describing Hunter as a serial rapist — an extraordinarily violent one.
Warning: The details may disturb some readers.
Chronologically, the initial incident for which Hunter was convicted took place on February 8, 2011. At about 5:30 p.m. that day, an officer interviewed a sexual-assault victim at University Hospital.
Earlier on the 8th, she told the investigator, she had been walking in the vicinity of Colfax and Quebec. The location is captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."
A man subsequently rolled up and offered to give the woman a ride to her boyfriend's house, and she accepted. But a few blocks later, the man pulled into an alley, grabbed the woman by the neck and forced her into the backseat of the vehicle, where he sexually assaulted her and took $100 from her pocket.
She only managed to escape after punching the man in the face.
Tests of the victim's pants turned up what's described as "the chemical indication of semen and spermatoza," and this material was used to work up a DNA profile on the attacker that scored a hit two years later, after the next pair of attacks took place.
The second crime happened on February 4, 2013. Around 10:30 that night, an officer spoke with another victim of sexual assault near the scene of the offense, East 30th Avenue and North Downing Street. Here's an interactive graphic from that location.
The woman was standing at the intersection when a bearded, dreadlocked African-American man in a white SUV or minivan drove up and, as before, offered a ride. She declined but was later convinced to sit inside the vehicle and talk to the man — and once she was inside, she said the man shut her door and sped away.
He eventually came to a stop in a nearby alley — another element similar to the previous attack. The man then brandished a knife and said he'd kill the woman if she didn't pull down her pants. When it became clear the man intended to sexually assault her, she insisted that he wear a condom, which he did.
Afterward, the woman was allowed to leave, but the man followed in his car and allegedly "threatened to run her over and kill her" before departing.
RTD surveillance footage in the area was later found to have captured "the possible suspect vehicle and the interaction between the victim and suspect," the probable cause statement reveals. The license plate couldn't be read, but investigators identified the ride as a white Mitsubishi Montero Sport.
The Montero would turn out to be key in Hunter's conviction, as it would turn up again mere months later in connection with a third sexual assault.
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About 11:30 p.m. on April 13, 2013, an officer interviewed a sexual-assault victim near 26th Avenue and Tremont Place. She said she'd been walking west on Colfax near a McDonald's when she noticed someone in a Mitsubishi Montero following her — after which the driver, an African-American male with a beard and dreadlocks, took out a knife and forced her inside.
Within minutes, the man had driven to this alley:
The man sexually assaulted the woman on the hood of the vehicle.
Afterward, investigators conducted what the arrest affidavit characterizes as a "search for possible suspects." Hunter's name came up, and when the cops discovered that he not only matched the description of the attacker in the second and third sexual assaults, had previously been busted for sexual assault and prostitution and owned a Mitsubishi Montero, they showed the woman his photo.
She positively identified him as the man who'd sexually assaulted her, the affidavit reveals — and the previous victim did likewise. Moreover, the DNA profile created after the first attack scored a match with Hunter.
After being found guilty in regard to one count of sexual assault with force and two counts of sexual assault, Hunter was sentenced to an indeterminate life sentence that must last a minimum of 36 years. He's also been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,331.80.
Although no amount of money can compensate the victims for what they suffered.
Look below to see a larger version of Hunter's booking photo, followed by the police reports about all three cases.
Denver District Attorney's Office