Avon man arrested in sex assault, police say | VailDaily.com

Avon man arrested in sex assault, police say

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” An Avon man was arrested for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman while she was sleeping, Avon police say.

Rigoberto Ruelas Ledezma, 20, who is in the country illegally, was charged with felony sexual assault and misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact, said Lt. Greg Daly with the Avon Police. Ledezma is being held in the Eagle County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

The assault was reported around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The woman said that she had been sleeping, woke up and man was sexually assaulting her, Daly said.

She immediately pushed him away but delayed in reporting the crime, Daly said.

The woman had met the man just earlier that day and they didn’t know each other well, police chief Brian Kozak said.

After the assault was reported, police staked out the suspect’s home between midnight and 6 a.m. while a search warrant was being obtained, Daly said.

“We were watching the residence, making sure they didn’t leave prior to us getting the search warrant,” Daly said.

Police questioned five witnesses on Sunday after the warrant was served, which led to Ledezma’s arrest.

The questioning also led to the arrest of another man, Marco Antonio Hernandez Ledezma, 23, on suspicion of distributing cocaine and supplying alcohol to someone under 21 years old, Daly said.

Marco Ledezma is also in the country illegally, Daly said.

The Avon Police worked 30 continuous hours investigating the crimes, from the moment the assault was reported until the suspects were in jail, Daly said.

“We take these types of crimes so seriously, and we’re willing to come out in the middle of the night to help,” Daly said.

Daly said there was a lot of teamwork in making the arrests, and several officers put in extra hours to help in the investigation. About 10 Avon officers were on the job, and the warrant was served with assistance from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department.

The officer who first took the report worked 24 straight hours, Daly said.

“A lot of officers put a lot of hard work into this investigation,” Kozak said.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 970-748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.

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