Avon man arrested on sexual assault charges
December 31, 2003
A 33-year-old Avon man was arrested Dec. 17 for investigation of second degree kidnapping and sexual assault.
Alex Rolando Canales is being held on a $25,000 bond for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 44-year-old Honduran woman.
“(Canales) enticed the lady into the car, and as soon as she got in the car, he assaulted her,” said Avon Police Detective Mike Leake.
The woman, apparently from New York City, was visiting family in Avon, Leake said. But because of a dispute between her and her son-in-law, the woman was “kicked out of the house,” he said.
Canales apparently was at the house at the time, Leake said. He was a friend of the family who offered to take her out to dinner and dancing at a club down the road from the house in the Aspens Trailer Park, Leake said.
The woman went with Canales because she thought it would give her son-in-law time to “cool off,” according to police records.
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“She thought he was just a nice guy,” said an Avon police report.
But as soon as she sat down, he apparently started grabbing her and pulled into the parking lot at Avon Elementary School.
According to police records, Canales apparently “forced sex on her,” and said that “he had a knife and would kill her with it, then throw it into the street so nobody could find it.”
Canales allegedly pulled her hair and slapped her head, the police report said.
“He told her he had AIDS and that he was going to give it to her,” Leake said.
Canales pulled out of the parking lot and drove to another one, where he apparently assaulted her a second time, police records said.
But the assault didn’t end there. Canales allegedly drove her to a rest area in Edwards and assaulted her two more times, the report said.
“It’s all about control,” Leake said. “It’s all a control issue. When we found the woman, her wrists were bruised from where he grabbed her. He threatened her, saying he had a knife. He told her he had AIDS. He wanted complete control.”
The woman apparently scratched, clawed and hit Canales, the report said.
“She definitely put up a good fight,” Leake said. “She definitely fought back.”
Police records said the woman was too afraid to get out of the car because he apparently threatened to kill her.
“When Canales was finished with her, he drove to a gas station, and she told him that she was going to report him to the police,” Leake said. “He let her go into the store by herself, and she cried for help. He didn’t think the people inside the store would believe her.”
Canales appeared to be in shock when the police arrived at the gas station, police records said.
“He said it was consensual, and she cries wolf and goes through all the rape exams,” Leake said.
Canales apparently told authorities he and the woman were at a club in Edwards, and “she wanted to have sex with him,” police records said. They left the club, and afterward, she wanted to eat dinner.
Canales also told authorities that the woman was angry with him because “he didn’t have enough money for gas” and “she was going to tell the police that he “raped’ her,” the report said.
The sexual assault exam on Canales showed that he was not HIV positive, the records said. It also showed that he had several scratches on his upper chest and his back, police records said.
In the examination room, a nickel was stuck to the woman’s buttocks from the assault, Leake said. In Canales’ car, authorities found loose change.
“She was pretty beat up when we found her,” Leake said.
An Eagle County advocate from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and a volunteer from the Victim’s Advocate program arrived. The woman was taken to the Eagle County Resource Center.
“She stayed there for about three or four days,” Leake said.
Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607 or at email@example.com.