2 men formally charged in sex assault, car theft case

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DENVER — Two men accused of picking up a woman in a stolen vehicle, sexually assaulting her and then dropping her off near Glenwood Springs have been formally charged, the Denver District Attorney announced Tuesday.

Robert Pacheco, 34, faces charges of sexual assault and aggravated motor vehicle theft and Michael Clapper, 24, faces an aggravated motor vehicle assault charge, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said.

The two allegedly picked up the female victim in a stolen red Honda Civic at a bus stop at Colfax Avenue and Broadway at about 8 p.m. on June 11.

They forced the 34-year-old victim into the backseat after telling her they were going to Las Vegas.

The ordeal lasted 12 hours and spanned 150 miles.

She was let out of the car at a rest area near Glenwood Canyon around 11 a.m. June 12.

They are scheduled to appear in a Denver court Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for the second advisement on these charges.

The new formal charges against Pacheco and Clapper were reduced to Class 4 felonies, which carry sentences of 2 to 6 years in Colorado.

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