A 20-year-old man is behind bars accused of using force to sexually assault a woman at a Scottsbluff apartment over the past weekend.
Scottsbluff resident Edwin Rico-Lopez is charged with first degree forcible sexual assault following an investigation that started with a report from hospital officials of a sexual assault that took place in the early morning hours of Dec. 20.
In court documents, investigators say after a SANE exam, the woman the victim told them a male she could not identify by name at the time had held her down, removed her clothing and forced her to have sex as she repeatedly said ‘no.’
After additional investigation led to the identification of Rico-Lopez as the suspect, the victim confirmed in a subsequent interview she knew the suspect as Edwin Rico but did not like to hang out with him because everything he wanted to do was about sex, and she told him repeatedly she wasn’t interested. The victim also told investigators the suspect had accompanied her back to the apartment from a gathering at another house because she had been drinking and suffered from a lack of sleep. The woman was also able to accurately describe the bedroom in which the assault took place.
Rico-Lopez was taken into custody Monday evening at the house where the gathering had taken place, and held on a $200,000 bond, with an initial appearance set for Wednesday afternoon.