Man suspected of Hilltop rape arrested at facility 12 days later

A Grand Junction man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion he raped a mentally disabled woman June 12 in her room at Hilltop Community Resources, then broke into the facility 12 days later and attempted to rape another woman.

Roger Dale Smith, 46, 1632 Walnut Ave., was ordered held on $200,000 bond Thursday on two counts of sexual assault, second-degree burglary and attempted sexual assault, following his arrest early Wednesday by Grand Junction police.

Smith on Thursday told a judge he hadn’t done anything wrong.

“I was asleep, and the cops came and got me out of my bed,” Smith said during a first court appearance. “Now, there’s all this stuff, and I’m scared to death.”

Smith was arrested Wednesday after a man broke into an apartment at Hilltop by removing window screens and climbing into a bedroom occupied by three mentally disabled clients.

“(Victim) said Smith told her his name was ‘Randy’ … he stated he wanted to come in her room, and then he jumped in the window,” an arrest affidavit said.

The man attempted intercourse with one woman, but she resisted.

“(Victim) was unable to give specific detail due to her mental handicap,” the affidavit said.

Staff members at Hilltop were alerted when the man tripped a silent alarm after opening the front door to the room. A staff member went to the room and recognized “Roger” in the
hallway as the same man who sexually assaulted a woman on June 12. She said she came “face-to-face” with the suspect on June 12, the affidavit said. On Wednesday, she said, she yelled at the same man as she dialed 911.

“She verbally confronted ‘Roger’ and told him to stop,” the affidavit said.

The man was chased out of the building, down to 15th Street.

After Smith’s arrest Wednesday, Grand Junction police obtained a separate warrant related to the alleged incident June 12. Both Smith and the woman were found naked and engaged in a sex act, the affidavit said.

The affidavit describes the woman as diagnosed with mild mental retardation, while functioning well below her age because of a brain injury.

Smith, who had identified himself to staff and other clients as “Roger Johnson,” had provided transportation for another client at Hilltop, according to the affidavit. Per policy with the facility,

Smith had to provide a photocopy of his driver’s license in order to drive clients.

Smith shrugged when asked by an officer why he used a fake name with the woman he’d had sex with, while acknowledging the sex wasn’t “right,” the affidavit said.

“… he didn’t know what to say other than he was lonely,” the affidavit said.

Smith was free on bond following an arrest June 16 in Eagle County on suspicion of menacing, prohibited use of a weapon, misdemeanor DUI, possession of marijuana and possession of narcotics equipment, according to local court records and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Smith’s criminal history includes a Nov. 3, 1987, arrest in Grand Junction on a charge of indecent exposure to a minor.

He is scheduled to be formally charged next week.


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