Man held in alleged rape, beating

Cornell LaPaul Adams

A Grand Junction man with a lengthy criminal past is accused of repeatedly choking, punching and sexually assaulting a woman early Saturday at her apartment as the woman’s children slept nearby, according to an arrest affidavit.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger on Monday told a judge he’s considering filing an attempted murder charge against 27-year-old Cornell LaPaul Adams, who was arrested at an apartment at 2601 Belford Avenue.

Officers were called just after 6 a.m. on a report of an assault in progress and learned through dispatchers that the woman had locked herself in her children’s bedroom.

“(Woman) ... opened the window and hastily handed me her two kids through the window and then climbed through with some assistance from me,” a Grand Junction police officer wrote in the affidavit.

The woman told police that Adams had barricaded himself inside, and an officer heard Adams screaming that officers would have to kill him if they wanted to arrest him.

The woman told officers that she was asleep in her bed with her 1-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son when Adams showed up at her front door around 4 a.m. She told officers she knew from past incidents involving Adams that he would kick the front door down if she refused to let him inside.

The woman said when she refused to have sex with him, Adams pushed her down on the bed and punched her repeatedly with a closed fist before he started to rape her, according to the affidavit.

“During this time, (woman) was repeatedly choked,” the affidavit said. Officers later observed multiple lacerations on her face and apparent finger impressions on her neck.

“(Woman) doesn’t believe she lost consciousness during the assault however believes the incident lasted for almost two hours,” the affidavit said.

At one point, she said she pretended to be knocked out to see if Adams would stop, but he continued to assault her, the affidavit said.

Adams let her go around 6 a.m. when they heard one of her children crying. The woman used the opportunity to gather her children, lock herself in a downstairs bedroom and call police, which was where she waited before passing her children through the window to an officer.

Hautzinger on Monday told County Judge Craig Henderson that Adams had been the restrained party in several protection orders in other cases involving the woman who reported being raped.

According to records with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Adams has been arrested or issued a summons 19 times since 2005 on charges including domestic violence, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

The records said Adams was sent to prison in February 2008 following a conviction for first-degree trespassing. He was paroled and sent back to prison in March 2009 for violating parole.

Adams on Monday was ordered held on $150,000 bond.


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