Noel Alexander Bertrand, Denver Airport Rape Suspect, Remains in Custody

Posted Apr 13th 2011 12:00 PMUpdated Apr 13th 2011 01:13 PM

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A 26 year-old man was arrested on Tuesday after a sexual assault in an empty concourse at the Denver National International Airport, which was allegedly witnessed by two airport janitors who did nothing to intervene.

According to the AP, an unidentified 22-year-old woman who missed her connecting flight at the Denver airport on Monday evening subsequently met Noel Alexander Bertrand at an airport restaurant in Concourse A.

The victim says that after the restaurant shut down for the night, Bertrand – a former Marine – followed her into an empty concourse. He attempted to kiss her, and when she refused, he allegedly got violent and raped and assaulted her for approximately 10 minutes.

According to reports, two airport janitors passed by as the rape was occurring, but said nothing and did not step in to stop the assault.

Oregon's Fox 12 News has quoted the victim as saying, "I was appalled that I was going through something so brutal and they kept walking."

Her ordeal continued until two airport employees on the tarmac caught sight of what was happening behind the glass inside the concourse, and called for help. Airport security employees then detained Bertrand until Denver police arrived at the scene.

He remains in custody.

The story has sparked shock and outrage, as many travelers think of airports as some of the most secure, closely-guarded facilities possible.

For travelers stuck overnight at airports, the only option is often to find a quiet area to rest – but an incident like this one might result in added security measures overnight, even in relatively empty gate areas.

Denver's 7News spoke to the victim, who says "It's very important that if you are traveling alone, and you don't have the security of someone with you, that you have the security of the facility that you're in," said the woman. "Especially if it's a government facility like the Denver airport. You should be comfortable being alone. It's hard to say that it was even avoidable. It could have happened to anyone."

7News also received a statement from an airport official who insisted that the airport is indeed safe for women traveling alone: "I would say, absolutely. I don't think this one incident represents the entire airport based off one individual's alleged actions," said Coale. "There are 30,000 people working at the airport. And police did respond."

Officials also confirmed that Denver International will be investigating whether any airport employees witnessed the attack.

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Fazal

It is shameful to watch the crime seen of raping a woman. They are equally responsible for the crime of raping. They should be charged like the actual criminal. " The world is bad place to live, not because it is full of bad people but because the good people are silent.

April 15 2011 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sam Pargera

Thats irrational. The law is very strict on when and where a person can intervene in a crime. A bizarre moral code like punishing uninvolved witnesses simply doesn't work. If they had engaged him violently to prevent the rape, he could have responded with even more violence. Somebody could have ended up dead. We have police officers for a reason.

The only criminal in this case is the rapist. The others may have acted irresponsibly and coldly, but they did not act criminally.

May 01 2011 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patricia Ellen Rayna

Why in the world would he choose to rape a woman what happened to his brain? What in the world is wrong with him? I don't understand a person of his caliber of people doing something that blame crazy,He needs his Butt kicked instead of high a person can go he chose to go as low as you can go!!!!

April 14 2011 at 8:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Fazal

It is shameful to watch the crime seen of raping a woman. The are equally responsible for the crime of raping. They should charged like the actual criminal. " The world is bad place to live, not because it is full of bad people but because the good people are silent.

April 15 2011 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sirenthumb

A woman is brutally attacked and raped on her way to interview as a nun. There are witnesses; and she describes him repeatedly beating her head into the floor as he is assaults her. Additionally, we have no picture of this man who is only held on 10,000$ bail.

What is wrong with this picture.

April 14 2011 at 6:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sirenthumb

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/man-rapes-woman-at-us-airport-terminal/776078/0

His bail was actually 50,000$ according to another article.
The site above gives many more details and again reinforces how you never take one source for information when researching or looking for the truth on any subject matter -- whether it be a crime or the reputation of our politicians.

April 14 2011 at 7:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
meanstreets9

Those that witnessed it and did nothing should be immediately fired (at least).

April 14 2011 at 1:33 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
John Lee

Perp is Hispanic, which is why there is no picture of him...Gotta stay PC, even if a minority rapes a woman you cant post that fact because it might offend someone!

April 13 2011 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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uli2liv

It's not safe, Mr. Airport Official. Where is a cop when someone is killing you.?..! (or in this case raping) Certainly not anywhere to be found after everything closes, at the Denver airport. It sounds like Bertrand "kept" her in the restaurant with conversation because he knew the place would shut down and there would be nobody around afterwards. Premeditated rape. This is what happens when cheapskates slash patrol budgets.

April 13 2011 at 8:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
billlesd

What was the point of mentioning he was a FORMER Marine???? To smear the Marines? He may in fact be a FORMER marine for some good reason, like, they kicked him out for poor conduct. In any case his FORMER status is not relevent to his crime. Unless AOL is trying to convey the idea that all former military men are apt to be rapists. And that would be slander, wouldn't it?

April 13 2011 at 7:17 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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William J

What if the FORMER marine had rescued the lady from an attacker? Would it be alright to mention his former status then?

April 13 2011 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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sirenthumb

His status, former or otherwise, could be part of his history ( like a former state worker or IBM employee. Personally, I think there should have been a real description ( black, white, hispanic, illegal, or whatever ) which is often left out nowadays due to "political correctness" or picture or something cause this guy will most likely will make that $10.000 bail!

And when they did include that "supposed" fact that he was a former Marine, it left the door wide open for other questions like: was he recently discharged and why: did he get an honorable discharge: was he discharged due to a medical reason, etc etc etc?

This might be part of the whole picture that he was a "former marine" and how he might formulate his defense to get off from his brutal crime.

And I will not judge those that might have witnessed this attack who did not help. We do not know that they didn't alert others to gain the proper help versus stepping in on a situation that they didnt know how would play out if they did. He could have been a former marine with a gun, for all we know. And definitely should have been versed in combat skills.

Regardless -- I want to SEE what this man looks like. It could, at the very least, make people aware that a criminal often doesnt look like you think he would!

April 14 2011 at 6:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
Jennifer Schlappie

Why would you assume he was "kicked out"?
maybe he served his time and decided he was done with the service.

April 15 2011 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sosu72

those two who passed by and did nothing to help i might suggest should have the same thing happen to them!! im tired of people not even trying to call for help if they dont know how to interfere with this kind of conduct. perhaps they will have a little more sypathy if they r humiliated and torn and de-humanized in such a brutal fashion. by the way , i teach self defense free for anybody and i teach some really mean stuff. this is the 21 st century and ancient non-sense is still going on, but if u wont try to fix this kind of conduct, i say have your self exposed against your will and see how fast u will be sorry for not calling for help. hurrah for the ones outside who had balls enough to call for help!!!!!

April 13 2011 at 7:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Heavenly

Unfortunately we live in a society, where people choose not to concern themselves with the well being of others. Sad but true. Clearly you see a person being assualted, whatever the case. You should immediately get help! Being an employee there, you definitely have a responsibility to step in. They should be fired, and held down while someone shoves cucumbers up they're "you know whats"! I'm disgusted.

April 13 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
ricton738

Guilty! Ex-him.

April 13 2011 at 6:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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