The Denver District Attorney's Office is a big fan of Katie's Law, which allows the state to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony, in part because of the growing number of times when this evidence links to cases that have long since grown cold.
As an example, witness the charges just fitted to Eddie Simon, who was busted on drug charges but may be put away for a lot longer due to his alleged actions in a terrible kidnapping and rape twelve years ago. We've got the details in Simon's arrest affidavit, on view below.
Just past 4 a.m. on February 24, 2001, the affidavit recounts, Denver police officers were dispatched to a home on Niagara Street. There, a twenty year old one told them about the cruel crime that had been committed against her.
The woman said that she'd been leaving her parents' house on St. Paul Street early that morning when an African-American male driving a cream-colored SUV had backed up next to her. The driver then opened the door and pulled her inside the vehicle, using a knife as persuasion. He held the blade to the back of her neck and drove her into the area of the old Lowry Air Force Base.
When the man parked his truck near some abandoned buildings, he roused the suspicion of a security officer. The driver insisted that the two of them had simply been talking, then drove away, winding up in the vicinity of Niagra Street. There, he forcibly removed the victim's clothing and raped her while holding the knife in his right hand.
The woman tried to honk the vehicle's horn in an attempt to alert those in the vicinity to what was happening. The man responded by hitting her in the mouth, pulling her hair and trying to choke her. He also ordered her not to look at him -- an edict he enforced by punching her in the eye.
When he was finished, the man tossed the woman's clothes out the window before expelling her and driving away -- at which point the woman, still naked from the waist down, ran to the house to which police were called.
Afterward, medical personnel used a rape kit in examining the woman. She also spoke with investigators, providing a description of the man that was used as the basis of a suspect sketch. But no one was ever arrested in the incident.
A dozen years later, Simon came to the attention of police not once but twice; he was arrested on January 25 and February 28 for what the Denver DA's office describes as drug charges. As a result, a DNA sample was taken, and earlier this month, it scored a match with the rape kit in the 2001 case.
Police subsequently did a motor-vehicle search and determined that at the time of the 2001 crime, Simon owned a Grand Wagoneer similar to the type of vehicle described by the woman. And while the victim wasn't able to pick Simon out of a lineup -- it's been twelve years, after all -- this fact, coupled with the DNA, was more than enough to convince prosecutors that Simon deserved some more criminal charges.
The counts include second-degree kidnapping, sexual assault times two, and third-degree assault. He's scheduled for formal advisement on Tuesday, March 26.
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Here's a larger look at Simon's booking photo, followed by the aforementioned arrest affidavit.
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