Last week, we told you about an alleged attack on a Boulder woman by a man who presented himself as a door-to-door solicitor; see our previous coverage below. Now, Derick Tappe, who says he's part of a magazine-sales crew, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted sexual assault and more -- and he's currently being held on a $100,000 bond. Continue for details, including more photos.
Tappe's Facebook page lists him as an employee of "MAG CREW," and that appears to be true in a generic sense. After his arrest, police identified his employer as Encore, Inc., a firm based in Kittredge that assembles groups of young people to travel around the country "selling magazines and asking for donations," according to 7News. As for Tappe, his online presence goes beyond his Facebook page to a MeetMe address featuring this photo.... ...and this one: Excluded from the gallery is the following image obtained by 7News: Yes, it's a mug shot representing criminal records in three states. The station reports that Tappe's got convictions for theft, possession of a controlled substance and trespassing (plus a resisting-arrest and disorderly conduct bust) in Washington state, an illegal-door-to-door-sales conviction in Iowa and an assault allegation out of Missouri for which he wasn't prosecuted.
In Boulder, he's accused of pushing his way into a woman's home on the 1800 block of 22nd street, groping her and then trying to sexually assault her before leaving. He was subsequently arrested at a motel in Evans, where he was staying with other members of the sales crew.
The head of the crew told the station that Tappe has been "absolutely wrongly accused." Nonetheless, the Boulder Daily Camera reports that a $100,000 bond has been set in his case, for which he's accused of first-degree burglary, attempted sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact. He's due back in court tomorrow.
Here's a 7News piece about Tappe's arrest, followed by our original post.
Continue to see our previous coverage on the Boulder attack, including additional photos and a video. Original post 8:50 a.m. September 26: The 1800 block of 22nd Street in Boulder is among the more pleasant stretches in the community's central area -- an unlikely setting for crime if ever there was one. But when a woman opened her door to a man who portrayed himself as a solicitor for a charity, police say she was sexually assaulted. Continue for photos, a video and details about the ongoing search. According to the Boulder Police Department, the attack took place around 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24.
The female victim said a college-age man she didn't recognize knocked on her door, claiming to be collecting money for a charity.
Shortly thereafter, he pushed his way into the woman's residence and allegedly began to grope her.
The woman hoped that by giving him money, he'd go away. But when she headed to her bedroom to grab some cash, he followed and tried to sexually assault her, she told investigators. He only left after she fought back.
Hers wasn't the only door on which the man knocked, police believe -- and 7News found someone to confirm it. A neighbor maintains that the solicitor he encountered seemed sketchy, in part because his charitable pitch was so nonspecific; he claimed to be collecting funds for "clean water."
The incident has people in the area feeling understandably paranoid. The cops were reportedly called on someone passing out political fliers.
At this writing, the BPD hasn't released a sketch of the suspect. But here's the description:
• White male
• 5'8" to 6'0" tall
• Short blonde hair that is shorter on the sides and longer on top
• "Big" nose
• Wearing blue jeans and possibly a red-colored shirt
If you have any information about this crime, you're encouraged to Detective Jeremy Frenzen at 303-441-1890 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at either 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered in the case.
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