Accused Rapist Once Worked Closely With Local Troops

Court documents obtained by 11 News confirm police statements that five Iraqi nationals accused of raping a woman are giving differing accounts of what happened the night of the attack.

Most of them point a finger at Jasim Ramadon, who goes by the name Jay Hendrex. They say he violently sexually assaulted the woman at the Wildridge Apartments on July 21, although he denies it.

Jay was a senior at Palmer High as recently as last year. Friends of his also told 11 News he was once known as Steve-O to soldiers from Fort Carson. Those details are chronicled in the book “A Soldier’s Promise.”

It's co-written by a one-time Fort Carson soldier named Daniel Hendrex, who met Jay in Iraq in 2003. The book describes how Jay helped coalition forces find a group of enemy fighters. Both his parents died after he talked to troops, so Daniel brought him to Colorado Springs to live with his family.

The suspect's wife didn't want to talk on camera or give her name, but she told 11 News Wednesday Jay has known the other four suspects for about three years. She describes Jay's relationship with the other men as rocky, but says he visits them once or twice a month, usually to share homemade meals native to Iraq.

She thinks the other suspects are blaming the sex assault all on Jay. She says he's never tried to force himself on her and finished the conversation by saying:

“He's not guilty.”

Jay is scheduled to appear in court in the coming weeks. He and the other four suspects remained in jail as of Wednesday with $250,000 bond.


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