Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202

720-913-2000
Beth.McCann@denverda.org

News Release

July 31, 2018 Contact: Ken Lane, 720-913-9025

Man Charged With Assault of Two Women (Harris)

NEWS RELEASE

July 31, 2018

Contact: Ken Lane, 720-913-9025

 

 

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT OF TWO DENVER WOMEN

One victim sexually assaulted; 2nd victim assaulted

 

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has formally charged a man with the March assaults of two women.

 

Johnny Harris (dob: 03-07-1970) is charged with ten offenses:  two counts of sexual assault (F2), two counts of second degree assault (F4), one count of second degree kidnapping (F2), two counts of menacing (F5), two counts of third degree assault (M1), and one count of criminal attempt to commit sexual assault (F3).  Charges were filed last Friday.

 

The charges allege that on March 26, 2018, the defendant offered a ride to a woman, then pulled into a parking lot near the S. Platte River in the vicinity of Florida Avenue where he threatened her with a knife, physically assaulted her and, after the victim attempted to escape, sexually assaulted her. With the victim still in the car, the defendant then drove away.  When he stopped at a nearby convenience store, the victim escaped.

 

The charges further allege that on March 27, 2018, defendant entered a store on Broadway, began talking to a store employee and then physically assaulted her, threatening her with a knife. The victim was able to fight him off, suffering a knife cut injury to her hand, and the defendant fled from the store.

 

Arrest warrants were issued in both incidents. Denver Police twice issued a Crime Stoppers bulletin and a news release in April alerting the public and asking for help in his apprehension.

 

The defendant is scheduled to appear on August 13, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 2300 for 2nd advisement.

 

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The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual(s) committed a crime(s) under Colorado laws.  A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.     See Colo. RPC 3.6