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Suspect in Colorado Springs sex assault of a 71-year-old woman turns himself in

By Matt Steiner Updated: July 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Colorado Springs police received a bit of a surprise Friday morning when officials at the El Paso County jail notified detectives that a fugitive accused of sex assault on a 71-year-old woman surrendered.

Lt. Jeff Kramer, spokesman for the El Paso County sheriff's Office, said Jacob Lashun Lewis, 33, turned himself in shortly before midnight Thursday.

"He just walked in himself and turned himself in," said police spokeswoman Barbara Miller. "He didn't even have a lawyer with him."

Lewis , was wanted in connection with a Feb. 7 attack on a 71-year-old woman at her home on East Boulder Street.

An arrest affidavit said that a man was peering in the bedroom window of the woman's house as she watched television. While the woman went to get her Smith and Wesson .357 revolver to protect herself, the man burst into the home, knocked the gun out of her hand and sexually assaulted her.

Police later released video surveillance footage from a nearby Walmart store showing Lewis and a friend at the store shortly after the alleged assault occurred.

The second man saw himself on the news and called police. He identified Lewis and described the night of Feb. 7 which put him and Lewis on East Boulder Street at the time of the attack, the court document said.

Lewis had been at the woman's home before, the affidavit said.

The woman told police that a friend of hers came to the house to help the woman with some yard work. She brought a man the woman remembered as "Jacob" to help out. The document said the 71-year-old identified Lewis when detectives showed her a photo lineup of possible suspects.

Lewis had already been registered as a sex offender after pleading guilty to sexual assault on a child in early 2000. He is being held at the El Paso County jail and has a court appearance Monday. Bail has been set at $250,000.

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