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Gazette Premium Content Men wanted for questioning in sexual assault of 71-year-old woman ID'd

By DANIEL J. CHACON daniel.chacon@gazette.com - Updated: May 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Colorado Springs police have identified two men wanted for questioning in the sexual assault of a 71-year-old woman in February.

The men, called "persons of interest" by police, were seen on surveillance video at Walmart at Academy Boulevard and Chelton Road after the attack, police said. Photographs of the two men were distributed by police on Wednesday.

"Within minutes of the broadcasts last night, dozens of tips were received and our investigators have positively identified both men thanks to your viewers," police said in a thank you email to the news media. "There remains more work to be conducted with this investigation but your help has proven invaluable."

Police have not said whether the men are considered suspects.

"Neither is in custody at this time, but it is great that they were able to identify the two," police spokeswoman Barbara Miller said in an email. "There is still much work to be done."

Police said they wanted to talk to the men about the attack, which happened the night of Feb. 7 at a home on East Boulder Street.

The victim told police she was watching TV when she saw a man looking through her window. The woman armed herself with a handgun, but the man knocked the gun out of her hand when he burst into her home and attacked her. The man sexually assualted the woman before fleeing with her wallet and $100 in cash.

The assailant was wearing a one-piece, tan jumpsuit-style outfit, possibly coveralls, and tan work boots. One of the men in the photographs released by police Wednesday was wearing coveralls.

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