Denver, Colorado — Police say 26-year-old Noel Bertrand was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault early Tuesday morning after police say he raped a woman in a deserted concourse at Denver International Airport.

The 22-year-old victim told police she met the Bertrand at an airport restaurant after missing a connecting flight to Illinois. When the eatery closed at midnight, she says he followed her into the concourse and offered to wait with her. Bertrand apparently tried to kiss the woman at some point in their conversation, and when she refused his advances, she said the man threw her to the floor, pulled her pants down and assaulted her for 10 minutes.

“He grabbed the back of my hair with his hand…and pulled my head up, and began to slam my head into the floor,” the victim said.

According to the woman, two janitors walked by while she was being raped. Neither one of them came to her aid.

“I was appalled that I was going through something so brutal, and they kept walking. There’s no security there to yell out to,” she said. “This was going on for almost ten minutes, and nobody was doing anything.”

Eventually someone did come to the rescue. Once two airline employees saw what was going on they called police. Security detained the Portland, Oregon man until police arrived on the scene.

The woman, who was traveling to Illinois to interview for a spot at a convent, spent the evening in the hospital being treated for injures that included bruises to her eyes and legs.

Bertrand, who made his first court appearance on Wednesday, remains behind bars in lieu of $50,000 bond. It has been reported that Bertrand, a former Marine, served in Marine security details at U.S. embassies in Ireland and Venezuela.

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