Passenger Raped in Denver Airport

Victims said workers didn't intervene to stop attack
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2011 12:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – The family of a woman raped in a Denver airport terminal earlier this week is accusing airport workers of walking by without intervening. The woman—who was in the airport late at night after missing a flight—was attacked by a stranger in the nearly deserted terminal after she refused his advances, family members tell the AP. A 26-year-old man has been arrested for the attack on the woman, who was on her way to a job interview at a convent.

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Police say two airport workers intervened when they saw the woman being attacked, and others telephoned for help. Those who called—and didn't intervene—were doing exactly what cops advise anybody witnessing a crime to do, said a police spokesman. "Something like this is terrible, but it's also very rare," an airport spokeswoman tells the Denver Post. "We have many, many layers of security. We believe the airport is absolutely safe." (Read more rape stories.)

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