May 31, 2013 2:16 PM by Elaine Sheridan
The Colorado Springs Police Department(CSPD) says a 16-year old brutal sex assault has been solved thanks to a DNA database.
In October of 1996, a 16- year old victim was found naked and unresponsive in an alley near the 1700 block of West Vermijo Avenue. Neighbors heard screaming coming from the location and called 9-1-1. One witness observed two dark male figures walking behind her home with one of the males carrying a long flexible stick or whip. It was her belief that the victim was beaten with the object.
Initially another man, who was at the scene of the crime, was arrested but was released when the DNA didn't match. Now 32-year old Armando Trujillo has been arrested after his DNA matched the DNA taken in the case from 1996.
In April of 2012 CSPD received notice from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) that the DNA profile from the 1996 case matched a profile that was entered into the Colorado Offender Index and the Colorado Arrestee Index. The arrestee was identified as Trujillo. Detectives requested a warrant and obtained a sample of Trujillo's DNA for confirmation purposes and submitted it to the CBI lab for confirmation purposes. Detectives received a report back from CBI on April 16, 2013 that indicated Trujillo's DNA matches the DNA that was recovered from the victim
Trujillo is currently in prison at the Buena Vista Correctional Complex for drug related crimes.
The work the CSPD did that resulted in this arrest was funded by a federal grant. The Colorado Springs Police Department applied for and received federal funding to re-examine unsolved "cold" sexual assault and homicide cases. The $464,724 grant was awarded in 2009 from the National Institute of Justice under a program called "Solving Cold Cases with DNA".