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Lakewood police arrest Eric Garcia for two sexual assault attempts in 20-minute period

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At 7 p.m. on December 18, Eric Garcia attacked a woman as she was walking to her car on West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood. She was "able to fight the male off and he fled," Lakewood police say. Apparently not satisfied with his failed attempt, a mere twenty minutes later the same man followed a different woman in Lakewood and attacked her -- but she, too, successfully fought back, this time with pepper spray.

Lakewood Police officials confirm that they arrested Garcia on December 28, and that he is now accused of two counts of criminal attempt sex assault, unlawful sexual conduct and two counts of third-degree assault.

The double counts comes from the fact that Garcia, 36, attacked two different women in what appears to be a similar fashion -- and the attacks were both "attempts," because in both cases, the victims successfully fought back.

The first incident, police say, was in the 7600 block of West Colfax Avenue, followed by an attack twenty minutes later in the 1900 block of South Kipling Parkway, which is a few miles away. The first woman was walking from her car when he attacked. After she fought him off, he fled in a blue minivan. Police didn't offer specific details about how he attacked her or how she fought him off.

According to the police report, about twenty minutes later, a male in a similar vehicle followed a different female. She escaped after using pepper spray on him.

Officials say they were eventually able to link the two attacks to Garcia "through various pieces of evidence."

Those with additional information about these attacks or regarding Eric Garcia are encouraged to contact the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.

A representative of the Jefferson County District Attorney's office tells us that Garcia will appear in court on Friday, January 4.

Fox31 reports that Garcia has multiple prior arrests on his record, including assault, grand-theft auto and larceny.

The station also reports that, according to Garcia family friend Mildred Floyd, "Nobody's really had a problem with him, I don't know what his history is, that's none of my business, I don't care."

Here's his mugshot.

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