Police in Canon City, Colo. arrested 31-year-old Jaacob Vanwinkle on the evening of March 9 after Vanwinkle allegedly went on a murderous rampage and killed his 35-year-old girlfriend, her nine-year-old daughter, and her five-year-old son.
Police arrested Vanwinkle in the home where the murders occurred, after the murdered woman’s 15-year-old daughter, managed to escape the murder spree and contact a neighbor, who in turn contacted the police, according to CBS News.
The teen girl was raped before she made her getaway, according to police.
Vanwinkle appeared in court yesterday to face charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault. He was remanded and denied bond.
Police Chief Paul Schultz said "This is a very, very tragic event. It's a very, very horrific crime."
Police discovered the deceased family members and Vanwinkle in the Canon City home, located approximately 115 miles south of Denver, after responding to the initial report from the neighbor about the teen girl being assaulted.
Police Sgt. Shannon Byerly said that the girl had been raped.
The teen survivor was treated at a local hospital and released.
The Denver Post reported today that the victims have been identified as Mandy Folsom, 35, and her children, Marissa, 9, and Mason, 5. Autopsies for the three murder victims are scheduled for tomorrow.
While in court today, a judge informed Vanwinkle that he’s looking at a possible death penalty sentence if convicted.
The Denver Post also shared that Vanwinkle pleaded guilty in 2012 to misdemeanor domestic violence in Fremont County, Colo.
According to The Indy Star, Vanwinkle’s criminal history dates back to at least 2004 with “prison sentences for theft, child molestation and vicarious sexual gratification.” Those crimes occurred in Johnson and Marion counties in Ind.
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