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Cold Case Sexual Assault Is Solved 15 Years Later


Monday, October 29, 2012, 10:40 AM [RELEASE AT WILL]

On 03-29-97, a Colorado Springs female went to a local bar and grill with some friends where she later became involved in an argument.  The victim stepped outside to get some fresh air and was approached by a male who engaged her in conversation, saying he had witnessed the argument. 

When the victim got ready to go back into the establishment to find her friends, who were her ride home, the male offered to give her a ride home instead.  The male drove the victim to the parking lot of her apartment and then asked to come in; however the victim declined.  At this time the male became angry, physically overpowered the victim and sexually assaulted her in his vehicle. 

Forensic evidence was collected from the victim and analyzed at the time; however no suspect was identified.

In 2012 the case was reviewed by a CSPD cold case investigator.  The forensic evidence was resubmitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for additional DNA analysis utilizing new and more sensitive methodology.  A DNA profile of the suspect was developed as a result of this new technology, and the profile was entered into the FBI database where it was checked for a match. 

CSPD was advised of a match to a possible suspect, and a subsequent investigation resulted in the positive identification of the suspect.  The suspect was found to be incarcerated at a Federal Penitentiary in Virginia and is due to be released in December of this year.  CSPD investigators have obtained an Arrest Warrant for the suspect, identified as Atlantis G. Michaelson, DOB:  10-28-71 and a detainer has been placed to ensure his arrest on this case upon his release from prison in December.

Lieutenant Howard Black will be available for interviews at {719} 499.1515.

 If anyone has information about this case please call (719) 444-7000; or you may call Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. at (719) 634-STOP (7867); you do not have to give your name and could earn a cash reward.