Last week, we reported that Jose Alderete-Gomez had been arrested
in conjunction with an attack on a Fort Collins woman -- and speculation was rife that he was responsible for a string of assaults
in the area; see our previous coverage below. Now, the charges against Alderete-Gomez have expanded to as many as six of the crimes, not to mention domestic abuse against his girlfriend, who lives near where many of the other offenses took place.
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Ten Fort Collins women have been assaulted in the past few months, with one person thought to have been responsible for many if not all of them. Here's a look at the police sketch of the suspect:
Alderete-Gomez was taken into custody on November 21 in regard to one of the incidents: an October 8 attack on a woman who'd been riding a bicycle. However, the size of the bond placed on Alderete-Gomez -- $450,000 -- and comments made by Fort Collins Police Services about a continuing investigation suggested strongly that authorities were working overtime to link him to other crimes.
Most documents in the case remain sealed at this writing. But the Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that prosecutors have now charged Alderete-Gomez "in connection to the string of at least six attacks reported west of CSU."
That's not the only beef Alderete-Gomez is facing. He's also accused of punching his girlfriend in the face, fracturing her nose, on November 14. And the Coloradoan points out that six of the assaults took place within a mile of the former girlfriend's home.
Alderete-Gomez made his first court appearance yesterday, around the time his booking photo was finally released. See it below, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our previous coverage of the attacks in Fort Collins, including photos and video.