Sheriff Terry Maketa says the very worst crossed his mind when he answered the phone late Monday night.
"You're still shocked when you get the phone call that we had a deputy missing and we think she's been kidnapped," Maketa said.
One of his force, a reliable deputy, disappeared after pulling into her own driveway. Investigators believe Jaime Duran was waiting to confront her, in violation of a restraining order.
"I think in this case she was caught with the element of surprise," said Maketa.
When she got home around 10:30, Duran reportedly pulled a gun on the off-duty, un-armed deputy and forced her into his car. The two drove to pueblo where she says he sexually assaulted her. Later, when he left her alone, she used her officer's instincts and her captor's car to get away.
"She's truly a professional,” Maketa said. “She's a professional at work, and I'm not surprised that continued into a personal tragedy."
It is a tragedy born from a history of domestic trouble, which Maketa says can find anyone, regardless of whether they enforce the law, or rely on it.
"People that do wear the uniform and badge on a daily basis are still members of the community and can still be subject to crime," explained Maketa.
Duran is behind bars and facing charges of first degree kidnapping, assault and violation of a restraining order.
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