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Man Charged In Alleged Incident At Camp May

on October 4, 2017 - 8:28pm
Police arrest Sachin Pandey, 31, of Los Alamos Tuesday morning near LANB and charged him with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit a felony – sexual assault stemming from an incident Sept. 24 at Camp May. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sachin Pandey, 31, of Los Alamos was taken into custody Tuesday by the Los Alamos Police Department and charged with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit a felony – sexual assault.

An arrest warrant was issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados following an investigation by LAPD Det. Matthew Lyon into an alleged incident of sexual assault on a Los Alamos woman at Camp May.

Lyon’s request for issuance of the arrest warrant says he noticed the victim had stitches on her left eyebrow as well as bruises on her arms and face. She advised Lyon that she had been drinking with friends at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 at Camp May. She said she and some friends had walked someone to their truck and on her way back to the camp she was attacked.

Court documents state the victim had left her friends and started heading back to camp alone, that she didn’t remember much of the attack and that the next thing she remembers was “being beat up” and telling one of her friends that she had been hit with a rock. She said a short time later another friend took her to Los Alamos Medical Center. When Lyon asked the victim if she drank enough to affect her memory, she stated that she had not.

The victim stated to Lyon that her friends told her she had started walking back to camp some 45 minutes earlier than they did and that when they started walking back they found her on her back with Pandey lying on top of her. She stated that they told her they did not know anything was wrong until she got back to camp and they noticed she as had been beaten up. She said her friends told her Pandey had returned to camp before her, started to put out the fire and left.

Asked what she remembered about the attack, the victim said she remembered trying to hit Pandey with her knee as hard as she could, that she remembered a struggle and being in fear. She stated that she did not believe there was any sexual penetration but was not sure because she did not remember. The documents state that she told Lyon she had bruises on her inner thighs as if Pandey was attempting to get close to her.

Lyon asked the victim what she remembered about drinking at the camp site and who was around before the alleged attack. She told him who had invited her and that she remembered Pandey being there. She said she had not flirted with Pandey and hardly talked to him. She said she knew everyone was calling him “Sach” and only found out his real name because she located him on Facebook. She showed Lyon a Facebook photo and said she was 100 percent sure the man in the photo was the man who attacked her.

Lyon’s report indicates that he interviewed three of the victim’s friends who said that on their way back to camp they noticed Pandey and the victim lying on the ground. One friend said he noticed both of them looking at him like two deer in the headlights and thought it wasn’t his problem. When Lyon asked him if he believed the victim was attacked by Pandey and he allegedly said he didn’t know and didn’t want to get involved.

The second person interviewed by Lyon said she had seen the victim on the ground and that Pandey was on top of her between her legs. She said when another person shined a light on Pandey, he jumped off the victim and ran toward camp. She said the victim had a cut on her left eyebrow and marks on her face. She also said the victim’s hair was a mess and she was visibly shaken.

The third person interviewed said he did not know what happened until he noticed the victim was “physically attacked”, that she was bleeding from her face and had marks on her face.

The warrant for Pandey’s arrest indicates that he was to be held without bond until he goes before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados but no date is listed in court records.