BOULDER COUNTY – Police are looking for a 16-year-old boy accused of critically injuring a 71-year-old woman who had offered him and two friends a ride on Monday night.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 13000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive on a reported assault at about 8 p.m.
Deputies arrived to find a 71-year-old woman suffering from what authorities describe as “massive injuries,” including a significant head injury, along with multiple fractures and lacerations. The woman was transported to a local hospital where she remains in the Intensive Care Unit.
An investigation revealed that the woman had been allegedly assaulted with a blunt object by 16-year-old Jeffrey Collins.
Sheriff’s investigators say that Collins had been hitchhiking with two friends, a 19-year-old man and 17-year-old woman when the 71-year-old victim picked them up and offered them a place to stay.
The trio had been at the victim’s residence for several hours when Collins suggested that they assault the woman in order to steal her car. Deputies say Collins' friends rejected the idea. That’s when Collins began to assault the woman. His two friends ran to a neighboring residence about two miles away and reported the assault to police.
Collins was last seen getting into a white hatchback traveling west up Lefthand Canyon. The 17-year-old and 19-year-old remained on scene to cooperate with the investigation.
Investigators are looking for witnesses in Lefthand Canyon or along Peak-to-Peak Highway who may have given Collins a ride. He is described as a white male with blond hair.
Collins is wanted for attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault to an at-risk adult. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office decided to release his information because he is at-large and considered dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jason Shatek at 303-441-3641. Anyone with information that would like to remain anonymous is asked to contact Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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