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Westminster suspect arrested after man found fatally stabbed on porch

Police said the suspect surrendered peacefully after a standoff. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Residents of a Westminster neighborhood were told to stay in their homes after SWAT was called out to arrest a suspect in a homicide Saturday afternoon.

According to the Westminster Police Department (WPD), officers were sent to a townhome on West 118th Place on a report of a disturbance about 1:15 p.m. That's located near 120th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard.

The person who called police about the disturbance told officers they had witnessed a stabbing and there was a man lying on the front porch. 

When officers came, they found the man. He later died at a hospital. 

Credit: Michael Young

Officers tried to contact the person inside but received no response, according to a release, and called in SWAT.

WPD said a Code Red message went out to area residents telling them to shelter in place, and homes in the immediate vicinity of the situation were evacuated.

After hours of trying to make contact, the release said, officers saw the suspect moving inside the home. SWAT negotiators convinced him to surrender at around 8 p.m., according to police, and he was taken into custody without injury.

Police have identified the suspect as 59-year-old Kenneth Sargent. He was arrested on suspicion of first degree murder.

Credit: Westminster Police Department
Kenneth Sargent

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