Police have arrested an Air Force Staff Sergeant and accused him of raping multiple women throughout Colorado, according to CBS Denver.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Desmond Alvis Martin has been charged with raping four different women, and implicated in several other assaults. Police have also noted that in several of the rapes a weapon was used to subdue the victim.
The 30-year-old, who was assigned to Peterson Air Force Base, has been identified in relation to three sexual assaults in Colorado Springs in 2015 and one in Aurora this year. He is also being investigated for additional sexual assaults within the Denver metropolitan area.
Martin was arrested on Feb 15 and placed in custody at the Criminal Justice Center in Colorado Springs.
Residents in Colorado Springs, the area that Martin called home, are still shaken that such a seemingly respectable man could allegedly be responsible for such horrific crimes.
“Shock, surprise,” neighbor Rick Peil told CBS Denver. “We only found out when five cops showed up.”
Another neighbor, Ryan Sullivan, expressed relief that Martin was arrested, saying “I’m glad he’s behind bars now.”
“It’s really scary to know in any neighborhood that someone that close could be doing the sort of thing he’s accused of. Across the street from a school makes it even more scary,” Sullivan said.
Detective Sgt. John Koch, of the Colorado Springs Police Department, issued a statement, noting that authorities were looking into whether or not Martin may have assaulted anyone in his immediate neighborhood.
“That’s something obviously we’re very concerned about,” he said. “I’m sure everyone is pretty frightened at the thought this could be happening, and not even know.”
Martin is being held on a $2 million bond.
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