Human Trafficking Arrest

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In January 2020, the Colorado Springs Police Department’s (CSPD) Metro Vice Unit (MVU) began investigating a reported sexual assault of a 16-year-old female at a hotel in the 600 block of Peterson Road.

In February 2020, the Metro Vice Unit received information in reference to the false imprisonment of a 22-year-old female in the 3600 block of East Uintah Street in Colorado Springs.

In July 2020, the Metro Vice Unit received a report of a 38-year-old female being sex trafficked from the same hotel in the 600 block of Peterson Road.

Detectives were able to link all three investigations to the same suspect, 53-year-old David Roberts of Colorado Springs. Roberts was arrested in the 4100 block of Tennyson Road on Friday, July 24, 2020. Charges for his arrest include:

·         Sexual Assault (2 counts) (class 2 felony)

·         Human trafficking (1 count) (class 3 felony)

·         Criminal attempt – human trafficking (1 count) (class 4 felony)

·         False Imprisonment (1 count) (class 5 felony)

·         Unrelated outstanding arrest warrants

A photograph of Roberts accompanies this release. Please note, the attached mugshot is from 2019. When Roberts’ newest mugshot becomes available, we will release it via Twitter.

The Metro Vice Unit asks that any additional victims, witnesses, or persons with information on the activities of David Roberts from January 1, 2019, to July 24, 2020, contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may contact Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.

The Metro Vice Unit is housed in CSPD’s Metro VNI Division, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from CSPD, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fountain and Woodland Park police departments. Detectives assigned to the Metro Vice Unit are responsible for investigating human trafficking, prostitution, and related offenses.

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