Instagram photos lead to Fort Carson soldier’s arrest

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police say pictures found on an Instagram account led to the arrest of a Fort Carson soldier suspected of sex assault.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, a woman who was assaulted on July 1 spotted pictures of her alleged attackers on the social media site and alerted detectives, who linked them to 22-year-old Army Spc. Felicion A. Charles.

The woman told police two men who were wearing bandanas and skull caps kicked in her front door at about 1 a.m. and pointed a gun at her. One suspect sexually assaulted the victim while the other suspect ransacked the apartment, according to police.

The woman’s attacker ordered her to take off her shorts and when she refused twice, he held the gun to her temple and asked, “Does this feel real?” according to Gazette.

Police said after assaulting the woman, the two men took off with an iPhone, an iPad, an X-Box, a Sony laptop, jewelry, cigarettes, a camera and a rifle.

A break in the case was made a few days later when the victim noticed several new images on her husband’s Instagram account, which was linked to his iPad. The pictures included a young man wearing a bandana to mask his face.

Police were able to track down the Instagram posts through the use of technology, and identified Charles’ younger brother, Tyler Hardrick, as the person responsible for the photos.

Police later arrested Charles, and found the stolen assault rifle, camera and Sony laptop in his bedroom.

DNA found on a pair of sunglasses that were left behind in the apartment also tied Charles to the crime.

Charles is being held in jail on $500,000 bail.

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