AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora police have released new information in connection with a sexual assault that occurred on March 12.
Frank Fania with Aurora police said they are hopeful the new information, along with a reward will help detectives identify a suspect.
“Detectives say the suspect in this case led the victim to believe that he was an Aurora police officer. Immediately after the assault, the suspect ‘flashed’ a badge to the victim and told her not to bother calling the police because he was an officer,” Fania said in a statement.
Police have not ruled out the possibility the suspect may actually be a police officer. The Aurora Police Department says they took pictures of their officers along with different versions of their badges over the years and showed them to the victim. They have ruled out Aurora officers, but admit the suspect could be an officer from another jurisdiction.
“We’re confident today that it wasn’t an Aurora police officer, however we’re not sure that it’s not a police officer from another jurisdiction or a security guard or someone who is just posing as a police officer,” a spokesman for Aurora police told CBS4.
Detectives believe a suspect using the same method may have assaulted another woman in a neighboring jurisdiction, but the victim is reluctant to report the crime.
The original alleged assault reportedly happened at a massage parlor where the woman was employed.
The man allegedly had a massage earlier that day at the business but came back much later and asked to have a second massage from the woman. Police said the victim was reluctant but agreed to do so.
After the massage started, police say the suspect demanded sex acts and raped the woman after he was denied.
The man was described as being muscular, white or Hispanic and having short black hair. He is believed to be in his late 30s or 40s.
A reward of up to $5,000 has been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. The reward is in addition to the up to $2,000 offered through Crime Stoppers.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Rudy Herrera at (303) 739-6250 or Detective Steve Crowe at (303) 739-6153 with any information. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867).