Lakewood's suspected serial rapist arrested

Police looking for additional victims

Staff report
Posted 12/3/19

On the afternoon of 11/29/19, an off-duty Lakewood Police Department Agent was in Fort Collins when she recognized the van and trailer of a suspected serial rapist in Lakewood. The Agent immediately …

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Lakewood's suspected serial rapist arrested

Police looking for additional victims

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Darrell Wall is suspected of luring transient and homeless women to his trailer and then allegedly sexually assaulting them in the Lakewood area, according to law enforcement.

He was arraigned in a Jefferson County court on Dec. 9 and formally charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of invasion of privaxy for sexual gratification.

Wall, age 49, was arrested after an off-duty Lakewood Police officer recognized his van and trailer in Fort Collins on Nov. 29, according to a release. The officer called 911, and with assistance from the Fort Collins Police Department, Wall was arrested and transported to Jefferson County on multiple felony warrants, including Sexual Assault and False Imprisonment. Lakewood police say he is widely known to go by “John” and has been known to frequent areas near 8th and Quail and along Colfax near Wadsworth in Lakewood.

Lakewood Police say there is reason to believe that there may be additional victims in the case. Wall is being held on bond for $250,000.

If anyone has any information on other possible assaults, contact Detective Paisley at 303-987-7025.

“If you see something, say something. This is something we preach to the community,” said John Romero, a spokesperson for Lakewood Police. “The (officer) who spotted the suspect’s vehicle is a shining example of that mantra. Even while off-duty, she was aware of her surroundings, and it resulted in the arrest of a potentially dangerous suspect.”

The affidavit

Wall is suspected to have been involved in numerous kidnappings, sexual assault and strangulation incidents that took place in 2018 and this year. A Nov. 25 affidavit reads that there are at least eight identified victims of those alleged crimes. The majority of those incidents allegedly took place in Lakewood, while one was in Arvada. Additionally, two unidentified potential victims were discovered through a cell phone video. All of the alleged victims share a similar pattern and demographic of a marginalized homeless female, according to the affidavit.

“At the present time, none of these criminal cases have come forward with criminal charges due to similar circumstances of homeless victims struggling with alcohol or substance abuse (and) not being able to be located for additional information. It is clear that based on the reports read by this detective, suspect Darrell Wall is targeting a specific population,” the affidavit reads.

Wall has an extensive felony criminal history in Indiana, Utah, Florida and Georgia, according to the affidavit.

“It is of great concern that suspect Darrell Wall has the potential to be a serial rapist. Of additional concern is the changing of the weather, as Darrell’s pattern is to confront homeless women and lure them to his trailer in hopes they will stay warm inside and not freeze outside,” the affidavit says.

According to the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative’s 2019 point-in-time survey, a count of sheltered and unsheltered people on a single night, there were 201 homeless women found on Jefferson County streets. One study published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website found that 13% of homeless women reported being raped in a period of 12 months. Half of those women were raped at least twice.

“The fact is that women experiencing homelessness are vulnerable to violence, sexual assault and are vulnerable to life’s challenges, given their inability to protect themselves as someone in a house is able to do,” said Tina Hageman, division director of Family Tree, a nonprofit headquartered in Jefferson County that works with people affected by child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness.

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