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Police seek leads in Edwards rape

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS – The woman who reported a rape in the Edwards trailer park likely did not know her attacker, police said.

“Police believe it was a stranger,” Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said.

The alleged crime happened around 4 a.m. Sunday in the Eagle River Village Trailer Park. The victim told police a man broke into her home and sexually assaulted her. Police were not releasing the woman’s age Monday but said she was not a teen or a child.

Sexual assaults involving a stranger are rare in the Vail Valley, Cordingly said. The sheriff’s office typically receives one report of that kind a year, if that, she said.

Most sexual assaults reported here involve people who know each other, as is often the case with date rapes or child abuse, Cordingly said.

Police are still searching for the suspect in the Edwards case.

Authorities plan to put up Spanish posters in the trailer park, urging residents to come forward with information, Cordingly said.

“We’re just trying to get any leads we can,” she said.

The reported rape left a chill in the Edwards trailer park on Monday.

Diana Vasquez, 35, said the alleged crime in her neighborhood makes her nervous, especially because she has a teenage daughter.

“I’m just surprised because I’ve never heard of anything like that happening around here, especially breaking in and raping someone,” she said.

Laeticias Solis, 36, also found the report worrisome.

“I’m very insecure to know that happened,” she said, speaking through a translator. “That’s why I want to move out of here.”

Twenty-eight-year-old Junior Mendoza said the alleged rape is an unusual event in an otherwise safe neighborhood.

“We’ve never had any major issues like that in here,” he said. “We used to have fights and things like that but nothing major.”

Descriptions of the attacker suggest he is a Hispanic man in his 30s who stands 5-foot-3 or 5-foot-4. He has a medium, average build and a beard, according to the description. At the time of the attack, he wore a jacket, pants and baseball cap. He also smelled of alcohol.

Police urge anyone with information to call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007 or 1-800-972-TIPS. People can submit tips online at http://www.tipsubmit.com or use a cell phone to report a tip by texting STOPCRIME plus the message to CRIMES (274637). If a tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, the person who submitted it could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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