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Woman uses texts to help police gather evidence against Dacono man they believe kidnapped and raped her

Tommy Simmons

The woman's memory of the street signs she glimpsed through the sedan's windows would later become paramount in the case police built against the man they believe kidnapped and raped her in Dacono early one March morning.

That man, Socorro Chavarria-Arellano, 24, faces charges of kidnapping and sexual assault and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. He was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and booked into the Weld County Jail Wednesday, but police in Denver and Dacono had been building a case against him for months before that.

The woman, who will not be named because she is the victim of an alleged sexual assault, later told police the incident began after she got off work at a Denver bar early on the morning of March 25. She was new to Denver, and she was trying to download the Uber app on her phone so she could get a ride home.

A man, later identified as Chavarria-Arellano, approached her and offered to help download the app, she told officers. Not long after that, the man told her he couldn't download the app to her phone but he could give her a ride home. The woman agreed, and got into the red sedan with him.

Chavarria-Arellano drove for about 25 minutes, according to the affidavit for his arrest, before he told the woman he was lost. The woman suggested he drop her off at a gas station. He kept driving instead.

About that time, the woman told police, she started noticing street signs. One, near the exit the man took, read "I-25 North Ft. Collins." He kept driving for about 25 minutes after that.

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As they continued north, the woman asked Chavarria-Arellano to stop the car and let her out. He pulled over to the side of the road, according to the affidavit, but told her the car was stolen and said she would not want to talk to the police. He drove further, and the next sign the woman remembered seeing read "Welcome to Dacono." Just after that, Chavarria-Arellano pulled over to the side of the road near an empty field.

He then tried to rape her, the affidavit stated. The woman, though, fought back, and was eventually able to distract the man while she fled. Exhausted from the fight with Chavarria-Arellano, though, she wasn't able to outrun him, and he caught up with her, threatening to shoot her if she didn't submit to him. He then sexually assaulted her, according to the report.

She reported the case to the police soon after he drove her home, and nurses were able to collect a rape kit.

It wasn't the last time she saw Chavarria-Arellano.

About two months after that night, he walked into the bar where she worked during one of her shifts. He told her he was the one who drove her to "the middle of nowhere and said he did the 'bad thing'" to her, according to the affidavit. Thinking about the case police were building against Chavarria-Arellano, she offered to take pictures with him, an offer he accepted. After that, according to the report, they traded phone numbers. She later sent him text messages, asking him where, exactly, he'd taken her on the night of March 25. His answer was vague — simply "Dacono" — but it was still helpful to police.

Police also used cell phone records from Chavarria-Arellano's phone number to identify him. The phone was listed as belonging to Chavarria Concrete, at 1208 Mac Dougal Court in Dacono.

In the end, though, Chavarria-Arellano wasn't arrested by Denver or Dacono police. He was detained by ICE agents. When officers learned that, they had him booked into the Weld County Jail, according to the jail's website.

What’s next

Socorro Chavarria-Arellano, 24, accused of kidnapping and raping a Denver woman in Dacono, is next scheduled to appear in court 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.