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Squatter exposed by News 5 Investigates now accused of sexually assaulting a woman as she slept

A squatter News 5 Investigates exposed last year is now behind bars in the El Paso County Jail.

Jack Cole is accused of sexually assaulting a woman as she slept in her bedroom and News 5 Investigates learned his suspected crime spree doesn’t end there.

We profiled Cole in February 2018 after he was accused of squatting in a dead woman’s house, using her car and stealing her furniture.

Colorado Springs police and the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges which allowed Cole to remain free on the streets.

In the last year, we’ve learned Cole is now accused of terrorizing not one, but two women.

Court documents obtained by the I-TEAM say Cole raped a woman as she slept inside her home at the Quail Hill Mobile Home Community on Galley Road.

Cole was reportedly staying at the complex with another man and his girlfriend after he was evicted for squatting inside a deceased woman’s house.

Court documents say while the woman’s boyfriend was away, Cole slipped into her bedroom and assaulted her.

He has been formally charged with sexually assaulting a “helpless” victim, according to court records.

Six months prior to this January 2019 incident, a woman contacted News 5 Investigates and claimed that Cole was stalking her at her apartment complex.

The woman says Cole left handwritten notes outside her balcony and demanded a place to stay.

She reported the incident to Colorado Springs police, but officers did not arrest Cole.

“Case status is inactive/open pending further leads,” CSPD spokesperson Lt. Howard Black said in an email to News 5.

Cole has a preliminary hearing for the assault charge scheduled for Feb. 27.

Previous coverage on squatters in Colorado: 

Squatters take over man’s house while he’s out of town 

Sheriff’s deputies evict squatters who took over couple’s house

Squatter who locked out homeowners now charged with attempted murder

News 5 Investigates confronts squatters who took over elderly woman’s duplex in Pueblo 

Squatters invade dead woman’s house

News 5 locates car stolen by squatters; Colorado Springs police do nothing to recover it

 

Eric Ross

Eric Ross

Eric Ross is the chief investigative reporter/executive producer at News 5. If you have a story idea or news tip, please send an email to eross@KOAA.com or call 719-228-6275.
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