BOULDER, Colo. –
Camera reporter Vanessa Miller today is covering the fourth day of a week-long series of hearings to argue several motions before a judge regarding Diego Alcalde, 39, who was arrested in January 2008 on suspicion of brutally beating and raping Susannah Chase and leaving her to die in an alley near downtown Boulder.
UPDATE 3:47 p.m.
The woman who said Alcalde raped her at knifepoint Jan. 1, 2008 â 11 days after Chase was killed â told officers that she was walking to a Waffle House for pancakes when she was attacked.
According to a recently recorded interview out of Scotland Yard in England, where the woman was deported years ago, the woman said she was at a pay phone when Alcalde jumped her and forced her to a car.
The woman told an international liaison that she would have rather died than endure the sexual assault.
“I just wanted him to kill me or get off of me,” she said.
The woman said, based on her encounter with Alcalde, that “it wouldn’t surprise me” if he had killed someone.
“It was like he had done it before,” the woman said of her alleged assault. “He did it with such ease and confidence that, if I had doubt in my mind, I would say that he had done it before.”
After the assault, the woman said, Alcalde threw her out of his moving vehicle and yelled, “If you make it a problem, I’m gonna say it was consented to.”
She said, “I just hope this time that they get it right over there and lock him up. They need to. He’s a danger to women.”
The woman said she can’t forget the look in Alcalde’s eyes: “He made it known that he has no fear and has no remorse. The look in his eyes was cold.”
UPDATE 12:24 p.m.
A woman who said Alcalde forced her into his car at knifepoint early Jan. 1, 1998, and “violently” raped her for three hours — telling her he would have sex with her until she died — was HIV positive, according to defense testimony in court today.
That woman, who said Alcalde picked her up off Colfax in Denver and raped her, reported the assault to police but failed to follow up with officers after the HIV information came out, public defender Mary Claire Mulligan said during Thursday’s motions hearing in Alcalde’s homicide case.
The woman, who has been convicted of prostitution, told a detective that she “would come back and talk to him,” Mulligan said. “But she never actually did.”
Mulligan also called into question allegations from another woman who said Alcalde held her a knifepoint on Jan. 16, 1998, and tried to touch her breasts. That woman said she worked at a bar on Colfax and accepted a ride home from Alcalde after work, according to court records and testimony.
Instead of taking her home, the woman told police, Alcalde parked the car and tried to touch her. She managed to escape and find an officer, according to police testimony.
Mulligan said that woman also has a criminal history including convictions for furthering prostitution, possession and distribution of drugs and giving false information to police.
UPDATE 12:09 p.m.
Eleven days after University of Colorado student Susannah Chase was fatally beaten and raped near her Spruce Street home in Boulder on Dec. 21, 1997, police arrested Diego Olmos Alcalde in Denver on suspicion of raping a woman in a vehicle at knifepoint.
Denver police Lt. John Macdonald testified today in Boulder County District Court that a woman, who the Camera isn’t naming because of its policy not to identify sex-assault victims, told detectives that a man pulled her into his car at knifepoint about 2:45 a.m. Jan. 1, 1998.
According to Macdonald, the woman said the man, who police later identified as Alcalde, sexually assaulted her over a period of several hours and called the woman derogatory names while threatening to have sex with her until she died.
The woman said she thought she was going to die, Macdonald said, and when she refused to comply with Alcalde’s sexual demands, the woman said he kicked her.
Eventually, the woman managed to escape from Alcalde’s car and reported the alleged assault to police, Macdonald said during the fourth day of motions hearings in Alcalde’s homicide case.
Alcalde was arrested in connection with Chase’s killing last year after his DNA matched evidence from the Boulder crime scene.
Defense attorney Mary Claire Mulligan questioned the validity of the woman’s report of rape in 1998, citing her lengthy criminal history of false reporting to police, prostitution and possession of drugs.
Mulligan said the woman has since been deported for her numerous criminal convictions. And, Mulligan said, a detective reported in 1998 that when he was talking with the woman about the alleged assault she seemed “more concerned about her money, bus tokens and car.”
Alcalde has told investigators that he knew the woman as a prostitute and has had sex with her before, according to court records. He admitted to offering the woman $40 for sex on Jan. 1, 1998, but said he never forced himself on her, according to the documents.
During an interview with a detective after his January arrest, Mulligan said, Alcalde knew personal things about the victim. He knew she had a 13-year-old son and where she lived, Mulligan said.
That upset the victim, Mulligan said, and she failed to make a formal statement to police about the incident or follow up with officers.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office never filed charges because a conviction in the case was unlikely, Mulligan said.