Current Alerts

March 24, 2021 – Stabbing reported at University Village Apartments in Campus West area

Update, March 25, 10:25 a.m.: CSUPD investigates non-fatal stabbing at University Village Apartments, identify suspect

At 6:56 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, Colorado State University Police Department, along with other local law enforcement agencies, responded to a report of a stabbing in Building 28 at the University Village Apartment complex at 1600 W Plum Street. The University Village Apartment complex is CSU university housing located near Main Campus in the Campus West neighborhood.

The victim spoke to CSUPD dispatch and reported she had locked herself in her apartment while the suspect remained outside. The suspect subsequently barricaded himself inside his own nearby apartment for several hours. Residents who live in the building were evacuated to a nearby location, along with residents in nearby apartment buildings.

At 8:26 p.m., police assisted the victim in leaving her apartment. She received medical care for serious, but non-life threatening injuries, and was transported to Poudre Valley Hospital for further treatment and care.

Police continued to try to make contact with the suspect in an attempt for a peaceful resolution, but were unsuccessful in reaching him. Several hours into the incident, smoke was seen coming from the apartment where the suspect was barricaded. Police continued to attempt to make contact with the suspect and assess if the apartment was safe for them to enter. University Facilities Management employees shut gas off to the building at the request of CSUPD due to fire concerns.

At 11:43 p.m., police, including the Larimer County Regional SWAT team, entered the apartment and found the suspect deceased. At 12:05 a.m., an all clear was issued.

The suspect’s identity and cause and manner of death will be released by the Larimer County Coroner’s Office at a later time. The suspect was a former student at CSU who recently graduated and had been currently employed by the university as an hourly employee.

The victim’s name is not being released at this time because this is an ongoing investigation. The victim and suspect were acquainted as neighbors in the same apartment complex.

Resources:

  • CSU Health Network provides confidential medical and emotional support services to students. Counseling Services: (970) 491-6053 and https://health.colostate.edu/mental-health-resources/.
  • Employee Assistance Program provides information about mental health resources to employees. More at https://eap.colostate.edu/.
  • Women and Gender Advocacy Center provides confidential resources to students including academic, medical, and emotional support. Call 970-491-6384 during business hours Monday-Friday.
  • CSU student Victim Assistance Team is provided by the Women and Gender Advocacy Center, this team responds 24/7 to assault victims and their families and provides confidential support. Call 970-492-4242 and ask to speak with an advocate.
  • SAVA, a local organization that provides crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling for all those affected by sexual violence in Northern Colorado, can be reached at savacenter.org/.

CSU All Clear 12:10 a.m.: Police have determined that there is no ongoing threat to the CSU University Village community or the public. Please continue to avoid the area (City Park Ave, between Plum & Elizabeth Street) for the next several hours while police continue their investigation. There will be no additional updates tonight. If available, updates will be shared at https://safety.colostate.edu/ on March 25.

Resources for students, faculty and staff who may be impacted:

CSU Alert update 10:18 p.m.: CSU University Village residents are instructed to shelter-in-place. All others, avoid area of City Park Ave, between Plum & Elizabeth Street. When available, updates will be posted at www.safety.colostate.edu and emailed to all students, faculty, and staff.

CSU alert update 8:40 p.m.: Local police agencies remain on scene of reported stabbing at CSU University Village Apartments. The injured person is receiving medical attention for what initially appears to be non-life threatening injuries. Continue to avoid the area of City Park Ave, between Plum and Elizabeth Streets. Updates, when available, will be shared via email and posted at this site.

CSU alert update 8:06 p.m.: CSUPD and other area law enforcement agencies quickly arrived on scene. One injury is reported, injured person is alert. Continue to avoid the area.

CSU Alert 7:35 p.m.: Stabbing reported at CSU University Village Apartments in Campus West neighborhood. Avoid area – City Park & Plum Street. Information will be updated here when more details area available.

This is a map of the area to avoid.

CSU open on normal schedule Tuesday, March 16

Since the first flakes of this historic snow storm hit the ground, our Facilities Management crews have been working nearly around the clock to clear sidewalks, parking lots and roads on our campuses, along with addressing power outages at some university buildings. All power has been restored.

CSU will be open tomorrow and all classes and activities are on a normal schedule. As you prepare to return to our campuses tomorrow, please keep in mind that digging out from this significant level of snow will require several days, and is expected to be completed at the end of the week. Please plan your travel – both to your main location as well as if you walk or drive across campuses – accordingly.

  • The Oval is closed while tree crews assess potential damages. Although initial reports are that the historic elms came through the storm fairly well, some limbs are broken and need to be removed.
  • Don’t park or walk under trees; our crews are working with tree trimming services in the community to remove broken limbs from trees all across university grounds. This work may take up to three to four weeks to clear all concerning limbs from trees.
  • Shields Street and Prospect Street underpasses are closed.
  • Some sidewalks or parking areas may be blocked off; please detour around them.
  • Give yourself extra time and wear sturdy shoes with a good tread. Conditions may be slick as snow melts and refreezes each night.

It’s worth noting that hundreds of our Facilities Management employees and ROTC students arrive on campuses at 3 a.m. during or after a storm to clear snow. During this storm, they have worked several 12 hour shifts to remove snow (shoveling, plowing, etc.,) alone. Their work to ready campuses after a storm includes clearing 4.5 million square feet of parking lots, more than 162 miles of sidewalks, and nearly 16 miles of roads on campuses. (Here’s more on what it takes to get campuses ready after a storm.)

Students, faculty and staff who cannot make it to a campus tomorrow should work directly with their instructors and supervisors to make appropriate arrangements.

CSU closing, canceling all activities Monday, March 15

CSU is closing and canceling all operations tomorrow, Monday, March 15. All in-person, hybrid and remote classes and operations (meetings, work functions) are closed/canceled. This closure includes all COVID screening and testing sites.

For more information about weather related decisions and how they are communicated, see https://source.colostate.edu/university-guidelines-weather-closure/.

CSU employees with essential or emergency duties should coordinate with their supervisors or directors to determine their work status. These employees may include, but are not limited to, CSU Police, Facilities Management, Housing & Dining, Environmental Health Services, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Diagnostic Laboratories, and student-facing services.

Check www.safety.colostate.edu for updates on the status of operations at the university. Information also will be available on local media outlets and CSU’s social media networks.

Please watch local news outlets and local agency websites for information about travel and continue to avoid all travel this evening because driving conditions are becoming dangerous. Unless you are required to be on a campus, please do not report to university grounds on Monday. Parked cars (other than those in designated residence hall lots) on campuses during and immediately after storms make it extremely difficult for Facilities Management crews to clear snow from parking lots and streets.

CSU closed Sunday, March 14

CSU is closing all buildings and operations tomorrow, Sunday, March 14, due to current snowfall and the continued weather forecast of significant snowfall this evening and tomorrow. All academic and other official university activities (both in person and remote) are canceled.

A decision about the university’s status on Monday, March 15, will be communicated by 5:30 a.m. Monday morning. For more information about weather related decisions and how they are communicated, see https://source.colostate.edu/university-guidelines-weather-closure/.

CSU employees with essential or emergency duties should coordinate with their supervisors or directors to determine their work status. These employees may include, but are not limited to, CSU Police, Facilities Management, Housing & Dining, Environmental Health Services, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Diagnostic Laboratories, and student-facing services.

Check www.safety.colostate.edu or www.source.colostate.edu for updates on the status of operations at the university. Information also will be available on local media outlets and CSU’s social media networks.

Because of the significant storm approaching, you are advised to avoid all travel because driving conditions are becoming dangerous. Unless you are required to be on a campus, please do not report to university grounds. Parked cars (other than those in designated residence hall lots) on campuses during storms make it extremely difficult for Facilities Management crews to clear snow from parking lots and streets.

CSU closing at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 13

CSU is closing all buildings and operations at 5 p.m. today, Saturday, March 13, in preparation for the current weather forecast of significant snowfall this evening. All academic and other official university activities (both in person and remote) are canceled after 5 p.m.

A decision about university status tomorrow, Sunday, March 14, has not been made. The Public Safety Team will decide no later than 9 a.m. tomorrow, when sufficient information about how the storm develops and will continue to develop is available from the National Weather Service, and information about city and county operations is updated. For more information about weather related decisions, see https://source.colostate.edu/university-guidelines-weather-closure/.

CSU employees with essential or emergency duties should coordinate with their supervisors or directors to determine their work status. These employees may include, but are not limited to, CSU Police, Facilities Management, Housing & Dining, Environmental Health Services, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Diagnostic Laboratories, and student-facing services.

Check www.safety.colostate.edu or www.source.colostate.edu for updates on the status of operations at the university. Information also will be available on local media outlets and CSU’s social media networks.

Because of the significant storm approaching, you are advised to avoid all travel after 5 p.m. because driving conditions may become dangerous. Please not drive or park to campus after 5 p.m. unless you are assigned emergency duties. Parked cars (other than those in designated residence hall lots) on campuses during storms make it extremely difficult for Facilities Management crews to clear snow from parking lots and streets.

All classes, operations on normal schedule Tuesday, Feb. 16

CSU will be open Tuesday, Feb. 16, and all face-to-face, remote and hybrid classes, operations and activities are on a normal schedule.

As a reminder, CSU began Phase 3 instruction at the beginning of this week; all face-to-face, online and hybrid classes are now meeting.

During inclement weather or an emergency closing the university, you are urged to visit the university’s web resources at www.SOURCE.colostate.edu and www.safety.colostate.edu for information about the status of the university. Information about a closure also will be shared though the university’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as via a university-wide email to all employees and students, and a text message to subscribers.

University closing, all classes canceled, operations suspended for Monday, Feb. 15

Colorado State University will close on Monday, Feb. 15; all in-person, hybrid and remote classes and operations (meetings, work functions) are closed/canceled due to extreme cold weather moving into the region. Facilities Management is asking that individuals avoid coming onto campuses and entering buildings.

All COVID-19 CSU saliva screening and nasal swab testing appointments scheduled for Monday are canceled and all CSU screening and testing sites are closed.

COVID-19 public health standards require that increased outdoor air be circulated through buildings. Unfortunately, the university’s heating systems will likely not be able to keep building temperatures above suitable levels for operations because of the extremely cold weather.

While we realize that some employees working remotely could work even while in-person operations are closed, the Public Safety Team is formally canceling all operations in the interest of equity.

CSU employees with emergency duties or who are essential employees are asked to coordinate with their supervisors or directors to determine their work status. Emergency employees include, but are not limited to, CSU Police, Facilities Management, Housing, Environmental Health Services, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Diagnostic Laboratories.

Closure information and updates on the status of operations at the university is posted at this site. Please continue to check this website, local media outlets, CSU’s social media networks and SOURCE.colostate.edu for updates.

Update to menacing report – Jan. 22. 9 a.m.:
All Clear: The suspect in this menacing incident called CSUPD after seeing the alert. CSUPD is investigating the incident to determine if a weapon was displayed. The suspect is cooperating in the investigation. Anyone who saw the incident or has information about the incident, call CSUPD at 970-491-6425.

Menacing report – Jan 21, 2021:

CSUPD received a report of a male showing a gun to a pedestrian following a confrontation in the Moby parking lot at 9:15 p.m. between three individuals a vehicle and the pedestrian. The driver of the vehicle showed a gun to the pedestrian during a verbal exchange. No one was injured in the confrontation.

Two males and one female were in the vehicle. Vehicle is described as a red Mazda CX5 or Nissan Murano/Rouge-type of SUV. Partial license plate beginning with the letters AC.

The vehicle was last seen going east on Laurel Street away from Main Campus.

Call CSUPD at 970-491-6425 if seen.

Security camera still shots of the vehicle are below.

Indecent exposure incident reported outside of Edwards Hall

Colorado State University Police Department received a report of a window peeper in a tree on the north side of Edwards Hall. The suspect was seen masturbating while in the tree shortly before midnight on Jan. 19.

The suspect is described by multiple witnesses as a male wearing a very dark, possibly green, puffy or thick winter coat and black pants. He was carrying a large backpack. Through the use of security camera footage, CSUPD believes the suspect was driving a white 2008 to 2010 year Toyota Scion XB. The suspect drove off campus toward the south on Meridian and Whitcomb shortly after midnight, leaving a parking spot on Hughes Street directly north of Academic Village. The suspect is believed to have driven onto Main Campus and parked in that area yesterday at 6 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call CSUPD at 970-491-6425.

Resources:

  • Women and Gender Advocacy Center provides confidential resources to students including academic, medical, and emotional support. Call 970-491-6384 during business hours Monday-Friday.
  • CSU student Victim’s Assistance Team is provided by the Women and Gender Advocacy Center, this team responds 24/7 to assault victims and their families and provides confidential support. Call 970-492-4242 and ask to speak with an advocate.
  • CSU Health Network provides confidential medical and emotional support services to students. Counseling Services: (970) 491-6053

Safety tips:

  • Residence Halls have multiple levels of security; do not allow anyone to “tailgate” into a residence hall behind you after using your keycard to get entrance into a hall or floor.
  • Report to police anyone who is behaving suspiciously by calling 911 from campus to reach CSUPD, or 911 off campus to reach Fort Collins Police Services.
  • Keep your residence hall, apartment or home doors and windows locked when you are away from home and at night. Keep your blinds or curtains drawn for privacy.

Suspect getting into vehicle before leaving Main Campus

Suspect vehicle exiting Main Campus shortly after incident

Stock image of a vehicle of the same color, make, model and years

Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

Dear University Community,
As inauguration day approaches, there are understandable, heightened concerns among our students, faculty and staff about the safety of our campuses and community members.

We want to reassure you that the Colorado State University Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies from across Northern Colorado and the state, are working together to monitor intelligence. One of our community’s greatest safety strengths is that local and regional law enforcement agencies work and train together routinely; we have strong, mutual relationships that are focused on the community’s collective safety.

At this time, there are no credible threats of violence directed toward the Fort Collins area. CSUPD and our law enforcement colleagues, including state and federal agencies, will remain ready, however, and a plan is in place to respond to safety concerns, should threats emerge, and to swiftly hold those who perpetrate criminal acts legally accountable.
While we believe that our campuses and the city will remain peaceful, there will be increased police vigilance throughout the week.

Colorado State University Police Department remains committed to and focused on safeguarding our community at all times, and we are ready to respond to any safety concerns during these times of uncertainty.

As always, if you see something on our campuses that appears to be a safety concern, please call 9-1-1 as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Colorado State University Police Department
The CSU Public Safety Team

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