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Denver prosecutors charge man in armed robberies, sex assault at local massage businesses

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 21:47:36-05

DENVER – Prosecutors have filed 51 counts, including sexual assault and second-degree kidnapping, against a man accused of armed robberies at several massage businesses and raping one of the business workers at gunpoint earlier this month.

Trevondus Estes, 32, faces 28 felony counts that include sexual assault, second-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and violating his bail bond conditions, according to court records.

He also faces a misdemeanor count of false imprisonment and 22 possible sentence enhancements if he is convicted.

The Denver District Attorney’s Office did not say how many businesses Estes is accused of robbing but said there were “numerous.” Prosecutors released one arrest affidavit connected to the alleged armed robbery of a massage business on Federal Blvd. and the sexual assault of a woman who works there.

According to the affidavit, a man, now identified as Estes, walked into the unidentified business just before 10 a.m. on Nov. 9 asking about a massage. The eventual victim, who was alone inside, took his temperature, after which Estes allegedly pulled out a gun.

The woman told him she had just opened and had no cash on the premises but gave him $40, after which Estes allegedly asked the victim to kneel down and put her hands on her back.

He forced the victim into a room, removed her clothes at gunpoint and raped her with the gun to her head, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police she had never seen the man before and that she gave no consent.

After the assault ended, according to the affidavit, the suspect used a towel and tissue to clean up and left the towel behind before leaving.

The victim described her assailant as a large Black man who was about 6 feet tall, 40-50 years old, and was wearing a black hat, blue jacket and sweat pants at the time.

The victim notified the Sex Crimes Hotline, who in turn called police. The victim was taken to Denver Health for an exam, according to the affidavit.

On Nov. 13, the Denver police crime lab told the officer who wrote the affidavit that sperm on the towel had hit in the CODIS database as belonging to Estes.

In addition to the Nov. 9 incident, court records also indicate some of the other alleged crimes happen on Oct. 2 and Oct. 27.

The records show Estes was arrested Nov. 13 and that a $100,000 cash bond was set for him on Nov. 20. A status conference in the case is set for Jan. 11.

Court records show Estes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in Arapahoe County in February 2013 and was sentenced to four years in prison. The Denver District Attorney's Office said Estes' photo was being withheld from release as investigations continue.