Rape alleged at downtown bar
A 28-year-old Grand Junction man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of raping a woman in the bathroom stall of a downtown Grand Junction bar.
Franklin Anpsonsah Addo allegedly followed the victim into the women’s restroom at 12:15 a.m. Feb. 7, at Charlie Dwellington’s Bar, 103 N. First St., and “forced her into the last stall,” “shoved her against the wall,” and “raped her,” according to a report from the Grand Junction Police Department.
The victim told police she fought back and said “no” several times.
The victim described the suspect as a black male, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, in his early 20s with dreadlocks. She said she’d seen him on Colorado Mesa University’s campus.
Police interviewed the two friends who were with the victim on the evening of Feb. 6, and in the early morning hours of Feb. 7.
One friend said the trio was “having a good time” when the victim went to the bathroom but was gone for awhile. She got up to check on her friend and saw the victim’s purse on a stall floor.
The friend looked over the stall and saw a “black male” with “his pants all the way down to the floor,” the report read.
The friend told police the man left the restroom as soon as he saw her. She described the suspect in much the same way as the victim, adding she had seen him at CMU.
The third friend, who told police she was the designated driver, said the victim came up to her saying, “I said no,” then started crying and said nothing else. She described the suspect the same way as the other two, adding she had seen him at CMU.
A sexual assault nurse examiner with the Western Slope Center for Children examined the victim and told police the victim had “injuries ... consistent with a sexual assault” and “fresh bruises and scratches on her arms and body.”
Officers assigned to CMU identified Addo through descriptions.
On Tuesday, the victim saw eight photographs in a photo lineup and “immediately” identified Addo as the “guy who raped me in the bathroom,” the report said.
The second friend also identified him as “the man in the bathroom stall.”
A warrant was issued and Addo was arrested Wednesday.
Liz Sinclair, owner of Charlie Dwellington’s, said she can’t comment on specifics because of the ongoing investigation but noted everyone is cooperating with authorities and is “absolutely horrified” an alleged rape happened, not only at her business, but at all.
“We work really, really, really hard to make sure these kids are safe,” she added. “I’ve been in tears. It’s heartbreaking to me.”
Sinclair said she’s been in the bar business for nearly 30 years and never had an incident like this happen. Unfortunately, she said, she’s been told this isn’t an isolated allegation of sexual assault locally, so Sinclair said she is “proud” the victim reported the incident.