Sex offender who escaped Denver police HQ arrested; two new victims reported

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BOULDER, Colo. — Police have arrested the man who managed to escape police custody on October 9 in Boulder, after two females reported that he sexually assaulted them in the early morning hours Saturday.

Authorities have been looking for Eugene Martinez, 48, after he slipped out of his handcuffs at Denver Police Headquarters last Wednesday.

Boulder police arrested Martinez after a 23-year-old female told officers she was woken up at 3 a.m. Saturday at her home in the 700 block of Marine St. The woman said an unknown man was going through her purse. He then took off with her purse, wallet and cell phone, according to reports. The woman called police just after 10 a.m. to report that her belongings were stolen.

As police were talking to the woman who made the initial report, another 22-year-old woman who lived at the house said she was also woken up at about 3 a.m. by a man that she believes may have sexually assaulted her and her 21-year-old female friend.

Both women were sleeping in the same room. The 22-year-old woman said the suspect left when she confronted him. She did not contact police at the time of the confrontation, and officers said there was no sign of forced entry.

The victims said they may have left their door unlocked.

An hour later, police tracked the woman’s stolen cell phone to an area of a known transient camp in the 1400 block of Grandview Ave. An officer saw a male matching the description provided by the victims and contacted him. While the officer was talking to the suspect, the he tried to escape, according to police.

The suspect tried to assault the officer and has been uncooperative during the investigation, according to police. The suspect matches the same description as Martinez.

Boulder Police are working with Denver Police to investigate the incidents. Boulder police detectives are also trying to figure out whether Martinez was involved in another sex assault that occurred in Boulder on Oct. 12.

Martinez was arrested on charges of sex assault, burglary, theft, attempted second-degree assault on a police officer and an escape warrant out of Denver County.

Boulder police are asking anyone with information about these crimes or anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this suspect to call (303) 441-4483. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776.

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