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Teen arrested in death of man experiencing homelessness

The 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder following the death of Todd Stout on July 5, Fort Collins Police said.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A teenager was arrested Tuesday in connection to the murder of a man experiencing homelessness last month, Fort Collins Police said.

The 16-year-old from Fort Collins, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and booked in Platte Juvenile Detention Center following the death of Todd Stout on July 5.

Police said the victim was found dead under a bridge on the 4600 block of Mason Street, and the Larimer County Coroner's Office ruled the death was a homicide by sharp force injuries.

Police said there is no indication the suspect knew the victim.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact police at 970-416-2645.

“Our detectives never gave up on finding answers for the victim’s family and our community,” said Chief Jeff Swoboda. “While nothing can reverse this violent tragedy, we hope there’s some comfort in the pursuit of justice."

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Investigators determined that the attack likely occurred around 1 a.m. on July 5, according to police.

Based on evidence obtained from the area, police said last month that a person believed to be the suspect arrived in a light-colored compact SUV and walked to the bridge where Stout was temporarily living.

A short time later, the suspect returned to the vehicle and left the scene. The vehicle traveled west on Harmony Road, then turned south on Shields Street. according to police.

Credit: Fort Collins PD
A vehicle seen in the area when a man was fatally attacked in Fort Collins.


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