BOULDER, Colo. -- Boulder police have arrested a man they described as a sexually violent predator who tried to assault a woman and steal her car Thursday.
Sean Christopher Jackson, 28, faces charges of first-degree assault, attempted aggravated motor vehicle theft, robbery, attempted aggravated robbery and attempted motor vehicle theft.
Police said they were called to Easy Rider Lane near 14th Street around 6 p.m. on a report of an assault, said Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel. A 44-year-old woman had parked her car on the street and gotten out to retrieve some items from the passenger seat when a man approached her from behind and demanded her car keys, Kobel said.
"He grabbed her coat with one hand and began spraying her with pepper spray with the other hand," Kobel said.
The woman fought with the man and was able to get away from him and run to her home, where she called police.
The man ran away, Kobel said.
About three minutes later 911 got a call from a man who said he had a cut on his hand and needed help, police said. The caller refused to identify himself.
Kobel said officers found the caller, later identified as Jackson, in the parking lot of the Holiday In Express on N. Broadway.
"Jackson was bleeding profusely from at least one of his hands. Although officers tried to help him, he became aggressive and threatening toward the officers, who took him into protective custody," Kobel said.
Detectives were able to follow a blood trail back to the assault on Easy Rider Lane, leading to the charges against him, Kobel said.
Jackson was taken to the hospital for stiches to his hand, which Kobel said had a "serious" cut. He was then taken to the Boulder County Jail.
The victim was also taken to a hospital and treated for exposure to pepper spray.
Jackson recently moved to Boulder, where he registered as a sex offender. Just last week Boulder police sent out a community notice that Jackson had moved to the community.
The Daily Camera reported that he previously lived in Longmont and that at the age of 18 he had been arrested after two teens said he gave them alcohol and raped them.
Jackson denied the charge but still pleaded guilty to lesser charges to spare him from a possible life sentence, the Camera reported.