Nov 16, 2009 5:11 PM by Greg Boyce

Suspected rapist to face preliminary hearing

A man suspected of trying to kill a Pueblo police officer will be in court next month to determine if there's enough evidence against him to proceed with prosecution.

Robert Bruce, 47, is now suspected in as many as 20 sexual assaults in six states. DNA evidence allegedly linked him to many of those cases after he was arrested in Pueblo for trying to kill a police officer last month. Bruce was scheduled to stand trial on a misdemeanor "peeping Tom" charge on October 6.

He allegedly ran a hose from a propane tank under the garage door of Officer Nathan Pruce in Pueblo West. While there was propane gas in the garage, there was no explosion. Pruce noticed the tank as he was leaving for work. One of his tasks that day was to testify against Bruce in court. Bruce did not show up that day and was arrested for failing to appear and eventually on the attempted murder charge.

Based on DNA samples he was linked to unsolved rapes in New Mexico and Texas. His method was similar to other unsolved rape cases including one in Pueblo in 2006.

Today in Pueblo District Court he was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on December 30. At that time prosecutors will lay out evidence against him in the attempted murder case.



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