Police: Avon woman held at knife point, raped | VailDaily.com

Police: Avon woman held at knife point, raped

J.K. Perry
Jorge Valdez

AVON – An illegal immigrant formerly deported from the country allegedly raped his girlfriend at knife point Monday night, Avon police said.Jorge Valdez, 24, is accused by police of several felony charges, including false imprisonment, menacing and sexual assault while armed with a deadly weapon. Valdez is also wanted in Jefferson County for failing to appear in court on charges of assault and domestic violence.Police suspect the crime was motivated by jealousy. Valdez found out the 19-year-old woman dated other men while he was deported, then hunted her down, Avon police Detective Paul Arnold said. Valdez convinced the woman into letting him live with her before moving in on Monday, Arnold said.Police allege Valdez held the woman at knife point from about 9 p.m. Monday night until 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, but he did not injure the woman with the knife. Valdez also threatened the couple’s 1- and 3-year-old children during the night, Arnold said.At some point, Valdez dropped the knife and raped the woman, Arnold said.”So far all things point to rape and indicate she was telling the truth,” he said. “I don’t think that she could actually consent after being held at knife point for several hours.”Around 11 a.m. the woman talked Valdez into leaving and went to her mother’s home where she called police. That same day, police arrested Valdez, now being held in the Eagle County jail on a $26,500 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Eagle County court.Arnold said he will contact immigration officials about the matter after he completes his investigation, although he is determined the man should be convicted in Eagle County.”It’s already been shown he’s been deported and that doesn’t work,” Arnold said.Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928, or jkperry@vaildaily.com.

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