GJ man held in 4-day reign of sexual assault and abuse

David Gaston

A Grand Junction man out on bond on a number of felony cases was arrested this week on sex assault and other charges, accused of raping a woman multiple times over a four-day period in which he essentially imprisoned the woman with threats and physical abuse.

An arrest warrant affidavit for David Gaston, 32, details that he met the 27-year-old victim for the first time on Sept. 3, when he approached her while she was riding her bicycle.

The alleged victim said Gaston “seemed like a very nice Southern gentleman” and told police he was “very attractive.” The two went on a date the next day, had consensual sex, and even joked about driving to Las Vegas to get married, according to police.

The following day, according to the alleged victim, Gaston became more controlling. He told her, “You’re not going anywhere,” among other statements the victim perceived as “very controlling,” she told police.

The day after that, Gaston allegedly became physically abusive, slapping and strangling the woman when she couldn’t figure out how to change a song playing on the television.

Gaston allegedly held the woman down, threatening to kill her and “put her in her coffin,” according to police.

The victim said she tried leave for at least 30 minutes before Gaston raped her.

“(The victim) advised David had her cellphone the whole time and would not allow her to call her grandpa,” with whom she lived, investigators wrote.

“(The victim) advised she wanted to leave, but every time she said something David didn’t like, she would get hit again,” a report reads.

Gaston and the victim went to a number of locations over the next two days, including Best Buy, the house of a friend of Gaston, and out to dinner. The victim alleges Gaston threatened and assaulted her numerous times in a variety of ways over that time. At one point, Gaston “nailed the door shut in (Gaston’s) condo with some type of strip, further preventing her from leaving,” a report also reads.

“(The victim) advised David made multiple threats to her that if she tried to leave him he would kill her grandfather and her great-grandmother,” investigators wrote.

The victim also told police she and Gaston had been using methamphetamine.

Gaston was advised Tuesday of possible charges including sex assault, second-degree assault, felony menacing, and false imprisonment. Mesa County Court Judge Gretchen Larson referenced a possible “significant sentence” for Gaston if he’s found guilty, and imposed a $25,000 cash-only bond in his case. His next court date is Sept. 26.


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