Woman Meets Online Date, What Happens Next Sends Shock Waves Through Local Community

22-year-old Lauren Marie Dooley is facing multiple felony charges for binding her Tinder date with duct tape before choking and stabbing him multiple times before he freed himself.

Colorado Springs police responded to an unknown call for assistance at around 5:43 p.m. on September 28 and arrived at a residence located in the 2500 block of E Cache La Poudre Street.

Officers were told by the emergency dispatcher that they were on a call with a male caller and could hear a female in the background.

The dispatcher revealed that they heard the man, who was identified as the 21-year-old victim, explain that he was “bleeding all over the bed.”

The victim could be heard telling someone off the phone “because you cut me” and “you’re going to kill me.”

“Upon our arrival, residents at the apartment advised there was a naked male in the parking lot that needed help,” the affidavit continues.  “Officers located [the victim] who was naked and appeared to be bleeding from a laceration on his left arm.  [He] was also actively backing away from the suspect . . . Dooley . . . who appeared to have blood smeared on her arms and hands.  [The victim] exclaimed that Lauren tied him up and cut him.”

According to the affidavit, Dooley refused to talk to police, invoking her Miranda Rights.

The victim shared with police that he “just met Lauren [Dooley] on Tinder” and they had planned to meet at her apartment.

Shortly after the victim arrived at Dooley’s apartment, they sat on her couch and talked before Dooley removed his clothes and performed oral sex on him.

“She then used duct tape to bind [the victim’s] wrists together and ankles together,” the affidavit states.  “[The victim] found it odd, but consented to it. However, when Lauren produced a kitchen knife and demanded he get into her bedroom, [the victim] no longer consented to staying at the residence.”

The affidavit describes how violent the encounter got:

Fearing Lauren would harm him with the knife, he obeyed and got into her bed. Lauren climbed on top of him and proceeded to use the knife to cut his left shoulder. Lauren then used both her hands to apply direct pressure [the victim’s] to throat for approximately 20 seconds, making it difficult to breath. Lauren stopped, but only to procure a belt that she then placed around [the victim’s] neck. She tightened the belt for another 20 seconds, once more making it difficult to breath. When she took it off, she checked [the victim’s] neck for a pulse.

Dooley soon forced the victim into her bath tub after he had bled on her bed, after which she ordered food to be delivered.

Not long after, Dooley got into bed with the victim and fell asleep.

The victim was able to use the kitchen knife and cut his bonds before attempting to escape.

Despite accidentally waking Dooley after bumping into a table, the victim was able to make it outside Dooley’s apartment and contact police.

“When officers conducted a cursory sweep of [the] unit . . .  to see if there was anyone else that needed medical assistance, they observed a kitchen knife near the bed, several blood soaked rags and blood all over the bathtub,” the affidavit states.

 

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