The city of Fort Collins, Colorado, home of Colorado State University, is on edge this weekend after a seventh woman was attacked in the wake of six other victims in the past six weeks. This seventh Fort Collins attack occurred Wednesday night in the otherwise lovely, relatively tranquil, college mountain community.
Police suspect one man is responsible for the string of what are believed to be related Fort Collins attacks, and a reportedly matching the description of the suspect was spotted Saturday night near a Colorado State sorority house.
The Denver Post reports that the most recent female victim was out riding her bicycle Wednesday evening, just north of Fort Collins, when she was brutally attacked.
While authorities were searching for a suspect in the Fort Collins area, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman David Moore gave sparse but scary details, saying the latest attack was a physical assault that left the unidentified woman seriously injured. Authorities confirmed they believe the Fort Collins assault is related to six others on women in the Fort Collins area over the past six weeks, according to the Associated Press.
The Wednesday night attack took place along Colorado Highway 1 outside Fort Collins, where the woman was cycling. The victim was able to describe the assailant, saying he was a stocky Hispanic man in his 30s with a muscular build, either very short hair or a shaved head, and was also sporting a mustache with a soul patch. The attacker reportedly fled in an older white, or light-colored, SUV with “faded wood-grain paneling, or two-tone paint, on the sides.”
Injuries suffered by the other victims and their current conditions were not made available, but it was noted that all seven of the Fort Collins attacks took place between 7 p.m. and midnight, and that all the victims were alone.
Colorado State University’s newspaper, The Collegian, posted an email sent out by a Public Safety Team on Saturday to alert the Fort Collins campus community to the recent attacks. Along with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office issuing a warning about the violent string of assaults, some news outlets had reported that one of the Fort Collins assaults took place on the Colorado State University campus. However, the email confirmed that, “CSUPD has not received any reports of assaults on campus that may be potentially related.”
At the same time, The Collegian also reported that a man fitting the description of the suspected Fort Collins serial attacker was seen in the campus area near the District and the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority house on Friday evening.
The message was sent out via Facebook by the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority House Director, Debbie Scott.
According to the Facebook message, one of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority members observed a man peeking into the windows of the District apartments while lurking around the surrounding area at about 7 p.m.
The description of the man matched that given by Wednesday night’s victim, the lurking prowler said to be a Hispanic male in his 30s with a shaved head, the mustache, and the soul patch. The prowler was also seen leaving the area in a 2005 Honda Accord with the license plate F112681.
As for safety and security tips, The Public Safety Team said, “It’s always best to keep your doors and windows locked when your home or residence hall room is unattended. Keep your curtains drawn for privacy.”
Anyone with information on any of the attacks, similar assaults, or a possible suspect, is asked to call Investigator Ben Hess at 970 498-5173, or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970 221-6868.
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