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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Jeffco Sheriff Arrests Suspected Serial Sex Assailant


On Friday, September 18, 2020, Joseph Van Eck, 32, was booked into the Jefferson County jail on suspicion of committing multiple sex assaults over the past month. Patrol deputies and investigators have worked diligently to identify a man suspected of assaulting at least three women in Jefferson County since August 21. The suspect is believed to have picked his victims up along Colfax and driven them to a remote location in the county, where he forced them to engage in unwanted sexual activity. 

With the help of Lakewood Police and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, the suspect’s vehicle was identified, leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect. Van Eck remains in jail on a $1,000,000 cash only bond for sex assault and kidnapping charges. 

Due to the nature of these crimes, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Lakewood Police Department believe there may be more victims. Anyone with information about these cases, or who may have been victimized by Van Eck, is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (303) 271-5612 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867).

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