Police: Woman Sexually Assaulted By Ex-Marine At DIA
DENVER — A 26-year-old Oregon man was arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger inside Concourse A at Denver International Airport early Tuesday morning.
Police said the violent sexual assault happened just after midnight Tuesday.Noel Alexander Bertrand, of Portland, Ore., was arrested just after midnight on a DIA concourse after two airline employees saw him attacking a woman and called police, Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.
Bertrand was booked on suspicion of felony sexual assault and assault. He was held at the Denver jail Tuesday on $10,000 bond.
The 22-year-old victim, who is also from Oregon, told 7NEWS reporter Russell Haythorn she was flying to Illinois to interview at a convent.
“I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t say anything,” the victim told Haythorn. “He grabbed me and held my neck to the ground. I started to stress out, and I couldn’t breathe very well. I started to tense up and I started to get an asthma attack.”She said she missed her connecting flight at DIA and didn’t have money for a hotel. So she decided just to spend the night at the airport.
The woman said she went to Chef Jimmy’s Italian Bistro and Spirits on Concourse A and a man at the bar struck up a conversation.When the bistro closed, the woman said she took an escalator downstairs to find a seat. The man followed and sat next to her.The woman said the man asked if he could kiss her and she refused.