Denver police turn to Uber to help woman who reported sexual assault by stranger

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 00:50:10-04

DENVER -- Detectives turned to Uber to help identify a man accused of sexually assaulting a drugged woman, according to records reviewed by Denver7 Investigates.

The suspect, Adam Loes, was an Uber customer, not a driver. He faces sexual assault charges.

According to records, the woman said she did not remember exactly where she was attacked or how she got there.  But she remembered being in the back of an Uber or Lyft vehicle afterwards.

The reported victim, whose name was redacted from an affidavit, said she was at Cervantes Ballroom in Five Points with friends, then ended up miles away in a house.

The case dates to March of this year, but details of the assault just recently came to light.

The records show how Denver police requested a search warrant to review Uber data from the night of the woman's reported assault and how they zeroed in on Loes.

The woman said she passed out multiple times during and after the assault.  She told detectives that she remembered parts of the interior of a house, then passing through an intersection in the Uber or Lyft vehicle.

She also remembered the suspected attacker's first name, what he looked like and how he told her, "Oh good, you're into it so I don't have to rape you."

She also had a phone number because she said she used her attacker's phone to call hers at some point.

According to the records, police used the number to track down an address and the suspected attacker's full name.  Then, they compiled a photo array, which the reported victim viewed to identify Loes.

From there, Denver police requested the Uber data.

The department would not comment on what it received from Uber or any specifics of the case.

Loes is out of jail on a $50,000 bond.  Denver7 attempted to contact Loes at home and over the phone on Tuesday, but was unable find him or reach him.  He's scheduled to appear in court for arraignment next week.

Denver7 also requested comment from Uber about how many times the company receives requests for information from law enforcement, but has not yet heard back.


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