City of Colorado Springs / Police / News

Cold Case Sex Assault Solved
Monday, June 03, 2013

Press Release: 1305-023

Friday, May 31, 2013, 11:45 AM [RELEASE AT WILL]

On December 23, 2012 an investigator with our Special Victims Section/Adult Sexual Assault Unit was assigned to review a First Degree Sexual Assault case dating back to October 29, 1996.

The victim was 16 years old at the time of the assault.  Initially another subject {who was at the scene of the crime} was arrested but was subsequently excluded by DNA analysis and therefore, released.

A second suspect, Armando Lee Trujillo, {02/02/81} is currently incarcerated with the Colorado Department of Corrections at the Buena Vista Correctional Complex and has now been charged with this Sexual Assault; {F3}.

In 1996, the 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.

A SANE exam was completed after the assault in 1996 and a DNA profile was developed and entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).  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’s SANE exam to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty. 

The work the Colorado Springs Police Department 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”. The focus of re-examining cases under this grant has been identifying any biological evidence that could have DNA testing done to find a possible match with known offender DNA in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database.