A University of Colorado student is facing extradition from Hawaii back to Colorado after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, according to Boulder police.
Nicholas Philip Foti, 21, was arrested Thursday in connection with allegations that he sexually assaulted a female acquaintance Sept. 15 in Boulder, police say.
The 19-year-old victim told police that Foti and another man came to her home in the early morning hours looking for one of her roommates, according to a news release issued Friday. She told police that Foti and the other man entered the residence without her permission and when Foti realized the victim was home alone, he sexually assaulted her.
The other man is believed to have witnessed the attack. The victim said that Foti and the other man called her obscenities during the incident, vandalized her kitchen and smashed a bicycle before leaving, according to police.
Though the alleged incident took place in September, Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said it was not reported to police until earlier this month.
"It's not unusual for victims of sexual assault cases to delay reporting," Kobel said. "It's obviously a very traumatic experience for them, and it takes time to come to terms with what has happened. We started investigating immediately."
Foti and two friends were arrested on animal cruelty charges in Boulder in November 2011 after witnesses said they killed a raccoon using a machete and baseball bat. Foti, who told police he was the first one to strike the animal, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty in August and was sentenced to 12 months of probation.
The CU website lists Foti as a student in the economics department.
He was in Hawaii visiting family when he was arrested.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Jack Gardner at 303-441-1851. Those who want to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or crimeshurt.com.