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Man held in alleged sexual assault of wife

By: BOBBI SANKEY THE GAZETTE
June 28, 2006
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El Paso County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Colorado Springs man Tuesday for allegedly kidnapping and assaulting his estranged wife. Jaime Duran, 32, is accused of ordering the woman into his vehicle at gunpoint and sexually assaulting her, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Clif Northam said Duran will be booked into the El Paso County Jail on felony kidnapping and sexual assault charges and misdemeanor violation of restraining order charges. Sheriff Terry Maketa said Tuesday that Duran’s prior domestic violence charges and the fact that he violated a restraining order automatically make him ineligible to bond out of jail. The woman, who has worked as a sheriff’s deputy since 2003, had returned home to the Security-Widefield area about 10:25 p.m. Monday, when Duran approached her outside her house, according to the Sheriff’s Office. She was unarmed. The Gazette generally does not identify sexual assault victims. She got into his vehicle and wasn’t harmed, but Duran then drove southeast of Pueblo and sexually assaulted her, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The woman was able to escape early Tuesday, when Duran stopped at a convenience store after the alleged assault. The two entered the store together, and when Duran wanted to return for another item, the woman convinced him she wouldn’t drive off. She fled in his vehicle once he was inside the store. Relatives had reported the woman’s disappearance late Monday night. They saw her park her car in the driveway but became worried and began searching for her when she never entered the house, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies were searching for her when she returned home in her estranged husband’s vehicle just before 1 a.m. Colorado records show Duran and the woman married in May 2002. According to Colorado court documents, Duran has a history of domestic violence. He was found guilty of misdemeanor harassment and had charges of violating a restraining order involving another woman dismissed in November 1999. Duran also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment in July 2005 and was sentenced to 24 months probation. Later that month, his wife was granted a temporary restraining order that was in effect at the time of the alleged attack. CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-4813 or bobbi.sankey@gazette.com
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