Caddie Nath
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December 31, 2011
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Avon man accused of sex crimes, kidnapping

SILVERTHORNE, Colorado - An Avon man wanted for sex crimes, kidnapping and assault was arrested last week at a Silverthorne car wash after authorities used his cell phone to track his location.

Summit County Sheriff's Office deputies found Allan Sinai Ortiz Barralaga, 27, just days after he reportedly forced a former girlfriend into a car with him by threatening her children, then hit and sexually harassed her in Avon.

Barralaga faces charges of second-degree kidnapping, unlawful sexual contact, indecent exposure, third-degree assault, criminal mischief and menacing, according to charging documents.

If convicted, he faces up to 24 years in prison and $1 million in fines for the kidnapping charge and another 2 to 6 years and $500,000 in fines for unlawful sexual contact, a felony. The other charges are misdemeanors, each carrying possible sentences of several months to two years in prison, according to Fifth Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.

The alleged victim told police Barralaga showed up at her house in Avon the night of Dec. 16 saying he wanted to talk. When she refused to get in the car with him, he threatened to hurt her kids, police said. It wasn't the first time he'd try to intimidate her, she told police. He'd frequently threatened to kill her or hurt one of her children if he was ever put in jail or deported, according to the warrant for Barralaga's arrest.

The woman got in the car and Barralaga reportedly began insulting, punching and touching her, according to the arrest warrant. He wouldn't stop the car to let her out, she later told police, but allegedly told her what he was going to do to her and said she'd have to jump out of the speeding vehicle if she didn't want to go through that, the warrant stated.

Barralaga reportedly drove up Buck Creek Road in Avon, where he stopped the car and continued to sexually harass, threaten and hit the woman. She told police he broke her phone when she tried to use it and finally ran away when she screamed at a passing car to stop and help her.

Authorities tracked Barralaga down a few days later by "pinging" his cell phone to discover his location.

He initially gave officers an altered Honduran passport with a different name, but eventually admitted his true identity, according to a report from the Sheriff's Office.

He allegedly later said he'd lied about his name because his girlfriend had told him he was wanted by Avon police for a physical altercation with his cousin a few weeks earlier, the report stated.

Local authorities added criminal impersonation to his charges, the report stated.


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