Man accused of raping woman at party

A Grand Junction man was ordered jailed Friday on $100,000 bond after his arrest on allegations he forcibly raped a woman at a Teller Avenue apartment.

Thomas A. Romero, 28, 2244 Teller Ave., was arrested Wednesday by Grand Junction police on suspicion of sexual assault, second-degree kidnapping, false imprisonment and third-degree assault after Romero’s alleged victim managed to break free and find help at a North Avenue hotel.

The woman told police that she and two of her friends met a “chubby” male at Teller Arms Liquors, 2353 North Ave., who had invited the trio to a party at his apartment around 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to an arrest affidavit.

They went to the apartment, and the woman and Romero were soon alone, accompanied only by two other men known to Romero, after her friends left to buy more alcohol.

A man who appeared to be in his 50s or 60s, who was referred to in conversation as “dad,” was also at the apartment, sitting at a table rolling marijuana cigarettes, the affidavit said.

After taking several “hits” off the cigarettes, the woman said she was grabbed by Romero and forced into a bathroom, where she was sexually assaulted, the affidavit said.

The affidavit noted the woman was missing a large patch of hair, which police believe was ripped out during the assault.

She managed to run away and sought help at the Monument Inn, 1600 North Ave.

Grand Junction police officers brought her back to the apartment, where she identified Romero as her attacker.

She later selected Romero’s photo in a lineup done that same evening, the affidavit said.

While he was being taken to the jail, Romero allegedly told an officer he knew he was arrested because the woman had performed a sex act with him.


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