Police arrest suspect in sexual assault on Auraria Campus

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DENVER — The Denver Police Department arrested a man on Wednesday for the attempted sexual assault on a student on Auraria Campus weeks ago.

James Holmes, age 54, was being held for investigation of first degree assault and sexual assault, involving a female student on May 9 in the West Classroom building.

Auraria police said the suspect grabbed the woman, pushed her to the floor and tried to rape her around 2 p.m. that afternoon.

Sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with a reported attempted sexual assault on the Auraria campus on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Photo: Denver Police Department)

Sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with a reported attempted sexual assault on the Auraria campus on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Photo: Denver Police Department)

Police released a sketch of the man six days before the arrest, hoping students would recognize the man, who was said to be near campus frequently.

Holmes’ formal charges are pending.

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