Stacks of native Colorado newspapers had been stolen from their racks Wednesday morning — simply hours after a bombshell story detailing a teen’s alleged gang rape on the police chief’s residence ran on the entrance web page.
The Ouray County Plaindealer broke the stunning information that three youngsters, together with Chief Jeff Wood’s son, had been accused of sexually assaulting a drunken woman on the toilet flooring as she pale out and in of consciousness.
Readers who most popular the bodily paper didn’t get an opportunity to learn the piece, nevertheless, based on Plaindeadler co-publisher Erin McIntyre, who authored the story.
“All of our newspaper racks in Ouray and all however one rack in Ridgway had been hit by a thief who stole all of the newspapers. From what we all know to this point, it appears this individual put in 4 quarters and took all of the papers at these racks,” McIntyre wrote in a Thursday night newsletter.
“It’s fairly clear that somebody didn’t need the neighborhood to learn the information this week. I’ll depart it as much as you to attract your individual conclusions on which story they didn’t need you to learn,” she continued.
A suspect was recognized Friday, McIntyre stated. The individual’s id will stay beneath wraps till a quotation is handed down, however the co-publisher teased that they weren’t associated to Woods or the three accused rapists.
According to the Plaindealer’s reporting, a 17-year-old woman informed investigators she was raped greater than as soon as at Chief Woods’ residence in May throughout a late-night party along with his stepson Nate Dieffenderffer and two different males.
Gabriel Trujillo, 20, Ashton Whittington, 18, and a 3rd man had been arrested this week on suspicion of sexual assault, based on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Dieffenderffer was not named by regulation enforcement as a result of he was a juvenile on the time of the crime.
The sufferer claimed she handed out from heavy consuming in a bed room, however wakened bare with Dieffenderffer on prime of her, raping her.
The police chief’s son restrained her when she tried to battle again and scream as the opposite suspects, certainly one of whom was laughing, watched, based on court docket information.
Chief Woods was reportedly sleeping within the residence through the assault.
Dieffenderffer and Trujillo then allegedly dragged her into the toilet, the place they took turns abusing her and choking her in an assault that was so brutal that she was left with a chipped tooth, and she or he informed police she remembered washing blood off herself within the bathe.
“I keep in mind actually making an attempt to yell so that somebody would hear me and screaming due to how painful it was,” she informed investigators.
Whittington allegedly didn’t take part however didn’t intervene.
The woman wakened round 4:30 a.m. on the toilet flooring and, unable to seek out her clothes so she grabbed a sweatshirt from a pile of laundry, which turned out to belong to Wood.
Evidence collected via a sexual assault examination matched Dieffenderffer and Trujillo, who informed investigators the woman was a “pathological liar” and “loopy” however later admitted to having intercourse along with her, based on the Plaindealer.
Woods’ DNA additionally confirmed up, however not in a big quantity to mirror wrongdoing.
The chief didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s requests for remark.
According to McIntyre, a person returned a rubbish bag filled with stolen newspapers to the Plaindealer workplace Thursday night time and confessed to stealing them.
Although police requested the Plaindealer to not give extra particulars presently, the newspaper teased that the suspect wasn’t associated to the defendants or any individual in regulation enforcement.
The paper did emphasize, nevertheless, that the theft has solely inspired its workforce to pursue their work extra enthusiastically.
“Whoever did this doesn’t perceive that stealing newspapers doesn’t cease a narrative,” McIntyre wrote in her publication, hours earlier than the suspect got here ahead.
“This individual shouldn’t be going to close down the liberty of the press by stealing just a few hundred newspapers. Our neighborhood gained’t stand for it and we gained’t, both,” she added.
“If you meant to intimidate us, you simply strengthened our resolve.”