KEY POINTS

  • 29-year-old Angelique Cassandra Lopez was convicted of kidnapping, assault and other crimes
  • She faces up to 21 years in prison when sentenced next month
  • She and another woman also drugged the victim with meth and heroin

A jury in Jefferson County, Colorado has convicted a local woman of kidnapping, assault and three other charges for her role in abducting and torturing another woman in May of last year.

Fox 31 Denver reports that 29-year-old Angelique Cassandra Lopez was found guilty of aggravated witness intimidation, second-degree kidnapping, menacing, third-degree assault and false imprisonment. Her sentencing is scheduled for February 27, and she faces up to 21 years in prison for her role in the cruel and bizarre crime.  She is one of six defendants charged in the case, four others have plead guilty and the remaining defendant’s case is pending.

On May 13 of last year, Lopez, with the aid of another woman, abducted a 33-year-old female victim, forced her into a room in Colfax Avenue’s Big Bunny Hotel in Lakewood, Colorado. Court documents further stated that, after the two women secured the victim inside the room, they bound her to a chair with duct tape and zip ties, and held her at gunpoint. The victim was beaten and burned with cigarette butts and incense.

Documents from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office indicated that the two women then injected the victim with methamphetamine and heroin before leaving her in the parking lot unconscious. A person found the woman bloody and unresponsive before calling 911.

There’s no word on whether or not the two women were intoxicated at the time of the crime; however, Colorado is in the midst of a fierce and pervasive addiction drug addiction epidemic.

Data from the Colorado Health Institute indicated that nearly a thousand people in the state died from fatal overdose last year. In 2018, 974 Coloradans succumbed to drug addiction. While this is down slightly from the 1,012 deaths recorded in 2017, deaths from methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine all increased from 2017, according to the data.

Courtroom This photo shows a view of the defendant's table in a courtroom closed due to budget cuts and layoffs, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, March 16, 2009. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images