Sexual Assault Suspect Behind Bars

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A sexual assault suspect is behind bars tonight facing felony charges.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office booked Ronald Jennings into the jail just before noon today.

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim says Jennings punched, choked, and tried to rape her on Wednesday. The affidavit states that Jennings and the victim were drinking wine in a van on Dike Road with another friend when Jennings became physical with her.

Jennings is facing charges of unlawful sexual contact, first degree burglary, third degree assault, and criminal attempt.

Police say he already has a lengthy rap sheet in Colorado and Missouri.