Crime

Agustin Moreno's DNA Leads to Bust for Brutal Stranger Sex Assault


Yesterday, we told you about the guilty plea by Hector Bencomo-Hinojos — a development that means he'll finally pay for a sex assault and murder he now admits to committing way back in 1981.

Bencomo-Hinojos was charged in 2013 because of a DNA match — a span of more than three decades since the original crime.

Fortunately, the victim of a sexual assault that took place last fall didn't have to wait nearly as long for an arrest in her case.

Agustin Moreno, 26, has been formally accused of the crime, whose details, drawn from an arrest affidavit on view below, may disturb some readers.


According to the Denver District Attorney's Office, the incident in question took place on or about September 28, 2014 ;the dates in the first portion of the document are inaccurate.

The unidentified victim told investigators she was sitting behind a Conoco gas station when a man she didn't know grabbed her by the front of her shirt and told her he would hurt her if she didn't leave with him.

He then physically carried the victim to a nearby apartment complex at 3425 West Nevada Place, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."



After throwing the woman into a bush near the back entrance of the complex, the affidavit says the man unbuttoned the woman's pants, covered her mouth and sexually assaulted her both vaginally and anally.

The man, described as a five-five, 150-160-pound Hispanic with short black hair and dark eyes, then got up and left through a nearby fence.

DNA samples were taken from the woman, and the following April, they scored a hit with Moreno, whose lengthy criminal record begins in 2007.

Based on these results, the DA's office has charged Moreno (who has also spelled his first name as "Augustin" and "Augustine") with second-degree kidnapping and sexual assault, both significant felonies.

At last report, Moreno remained in custody on a $100,000 bond.

Look below to see the arrest affidavit, followed by a larger version of Moreno's booking photo.

Agustin Moreno Arrest Affidavit


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