In late 2012, we told you about what was then the most dangerous block in Aurora -- an area near the intersection of South Chambers Road and East Ohio Avenue in which three alleged sex crimes and burglaries took place over just a little more than a week.
Now, Cameron Washington, has pleaded guilty to essentially causing a one-man crime wave -- an admission that will earn him decades behind bars. Photos, details and more below.
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As we reported, the initial assault in the area took place on November 22 (Thanksgiving Day that year), the second on November 28, and the third on November 30.
During the first, according to the 18th Judicial District DA's office, the Aurora Police Department was called to a residence near South Chambers and East Mississippi at 6:06 a.m. There, the victim told investigators she awoke to find a man in her home who fit Washington's description. He allegedly asked for money, took her computer and raped her at knife-point.
The report about the second attack came in at 1:32 a.m. on the 28th. In that case, a second victim said she was awakened by a man in the bedroom of her home near South Chambers and East Ohio. Again, he's said to have committed rape -- and this time, the victim divulged that he had a gun.
Exactly two days later -- the third call came in at 1:32 a.m., too -- a third victim woke up in her South Chambers and East Mississippi home to the sound of a man in her bedroom. This time, he fled the apartment when she started yelling and screaming, the DA's office reveals.
Due to the time of the attacks, descriptions of the perpetrator varied from a skinny Hispanic to a light-skinned African-American, with one person mentioning the possibility of corn-rowed hair. Fortunately, though, DNA doesn't require an eyewitness -- and that's what members of the Aurora Police Department say broke the case.
According to the APD, several pieces of evidence from crime scenes were hand-delivered to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations -- specifically hairs collected at the second victim's apartment.
CBI agents subsequently scored a hit with Washington, whose DNA was on file thanks to a prior felony conviction. He pleaded guilty to burglary in Arapahoe County circa 2008, adding to a record that included a couple of trespassing charges, including one in Aurora.
Shortly thereafter, Washington was contacted through his parole officer, and the DA's office notes that the stolen computer was found in the room of his mother's house where he was staying at the time. Afterward, Washington is said to have acknowledged burglarizing the residences but denied committing any sexual assaults.
Why DNA didn't prove otherwise isn't entirely clear. But Washington, 32, has now pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary -- crimes for which he'll receive 23 years and 22 years, respectively. In addition, he entered a third guilty plea in regard to a single count of attempted sexual assault. That earned him six years, although that jolt will run concurrently with the other pair.
The result is 45 years behind bars -- punishment that will be formalized during a court hearing in December. That means he won't be able to cause any more pain on a certain Aurora block for a long time to come.
Here's a larger look at Washington's booking photo.
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