Assault investigation focuses on DNA |

Assault investigation focuses on DNA

Daily Staff Writer

EAGLE – The Eagle Police Department is continuing its investigation into an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a townhouse complex in the Terrace subdivision, March 18.”Nothing is taken off the table at this point. We’re letting the evidence take us wherever it goes,” Police Chief Rick Sliger said. There is no evidence to suggest the assault is connected with any other crime in the valley, he said. Investigators from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation have analyzed the crime scene. Evidence left at the scene by the suspect is being tested for DNA and will be compared with a law enforcement database.The incident was originally reported as a burglary and sexual assault. Apparently, the suspect get in through a second-floor window at about 10 p.m. and “initiated sexual contact with a woman in that bedroom,” police reports say. A male relative heard a struggle and went upstairs to intervene. The attacker fought with the man, then fled. The man and the alleged victim, who names have not been released, were injured in the attack, but not seriously, said Sliger.The suspect is described as a white man, between 30 and 40 years old. He was wearing a flannel shirt and jeans, police said. The Eagle Police Department and state investigators are continuing to interview suspects and witnesses as the investigation progresses. Investigators from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office are also assisting.Though home invasion crimes are rare in Eagle, Sliger urged residents to take protect their homes.”We should all lock our windows and doors – not because of this incident – it is just good judgment in this day and time in this country,” Sliger said. “Everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings and to take standard precautions.”Any person with information about the crime can contact the Eagle Police Department at 328-6351.Vail, Colorado

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