Alleged impersonator of a search and rescue official accused of sexual assault

A man impersonating a search and rescue official sexually assaulted a woman near Nederland in Boulder County in late July, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The suspect, later identified as William Tidwell, 50, of Northglenn, was arrested Monday, and investigators believe he may have assaulted for victims.

On July 25, a woman was hiking near Caribou Road and Forest Service Road 505 outside Nederland when an unknown man driving what she described as a “search and rescue vehicle” wearing a green shirt styled to look like a search and rescue uniform contacted her, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The man offered her a ride to a different trail in the area, and while the woman was with him, he sexually and physically assaulted her.

She was able to leave the man and immediately reported the incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Tidwell, and Idaho Springs police officers arrested him Monday. He is being held at the Boulder County Jail on charges of unlawful sexual contact by force, second-degree assault and impersonation of a public servant.

Investigators believe Tidwell may have assaulted more women, and there may be witnesses in and outside Boulder County. He is described as a bald white man with a mostly gray beard.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Garrett Eastman with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at 303-441-3633 or by email at: [email protected].

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