APD arrests 22-year-old rape suspect | KOB 4

APD arrests 22-year-old rape suspect

J.R. Oppenheim and Kai Porter
April 20, 2018 09:19 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Police arrested a 22-year-old man after they say he brutally raped a 60-year-old woman.


The Albuquerque Police Department says Charles Taylor is the man seen in surveillance video captured after the incident Wednesday afternoon at Cinnamon Tree Apartments on Central Avenue near Louisiana Boulevard.

APD says Taylor initially asked the victim for a cigarette or a lighter, and she went inside her apartment to get it for him. When she re-entered her apartment, police say Taylor kicked the door open "home invasion style."

Police say Taylor then duct-taped the victim and sexually assaulted her. APD says the victim eventually made her way to the complex's front office, but she was quite disheveled.

"This was a case where the victim had no clue who the offender was," APD Public Information Officer Simon Drobik said Thursday.

According to APD, the victim did not know her attacker. Investigators say they found Taylor's fingerprints on a Gatorade bottle inside the victim's apartment. They arrested him less than 24 hours after the attack.

As officers took him to jail, Taylor denied the rape allegations though he admitted to being at the complex. He even said "Cheese" to news cameras.

Taylor has been arrested six times in just the last two years on charges ranging from burglary to car theft. Last week, Judge Charles Brown released Taylor in another case even though prosecutors had asked for a no-bond hold.

"This guy is committing felony after felony after felony. He's probably going to keep doing it," Drobik said. "So we'd like to see him locked up this time on a no bond hold until he goes to trial."

District Attorney Raul Torrez said all his office can do is keep fighting, in the face of the current court system.

"I think we're filing exactly the right number of detention motions, and we're picking the right defendants, and we're going to make strong presentations. We're going to continue to ask for these people to be held and detained pre-trial," he said. "And beyond that, all we can do is keep fighting, and that's what we're going to do."


J.R. Oppenheim and Kai Porter

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