by Chet Hardin
In what should come as no surprise to Independent readers, the Colorado Springs Police put out a statement today looking for assistance in identifying the three suspects connected to a number of assaults on the campus of Colorado College. These men are suspected in at least four attacks starting in October.
CC students seem to have been the target of an unusual amount of violence this past fall on and off campus, as we reported last week in our Dec. 9 edition that's still on the streets. At that time, no one from the CSPD could or would speak to us about the attacks. Now, however, they have put out a statement as well as composite sketches of the suspects:
The Colorado Springs Police Department is looking for the public's help in identifying and locating robbery and assault suspects. The suspects seem to be targeting students at Colorado College (CC). Earlier this month on the campus of CC there were two incidents, one assault and one robbery. On Friday December 3 at approximately 11:30 pm, in the vicinity of the Tutt Library at 1021 N. Cascade Avenue, a CC student was approached by three Caucasian males. One male suspect asked the student for a cigarette. When the student told them “no” the student was assaulted and received minor injuries as a result of the attack.
The second incident occurred at 12:47 am on Saturday December 4, also in the vicinity of the Tutt Library. One CC student was again approached by three Caucasian males and asked for a cigarette. When the student told them “no” the student was assaulted. In this case the victim fought back and was knocked to the ground. While on the ground the suspects continued to kick the victim. They removed and stole the victim’s shoes and pants. The suspects also stole the victim’s wallet and cell phone. The victim received minor injuries as a result of the attack. Based on interviews we believe it was the same suspects in both cases.
The suspects are described as follows:
Suspect # 1- Caucasian male, around 20 years old, short brown hair, 6’ to 6’ 2” tall, 170 lbs, glasses, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans.
Suspect # 2- Caucasian male, around 20 years old, short black hair, 6’00” to 6’4” tall, about 200 lbs.
Suspect # 3- Caucasian male, around 20 years old, short black hair, unknown height and weight.
It is possible these are the same individuals who assaulted two students earlier this year in October. Please see attached surveillance still shots of the suspects and police composite drawings of two of the three suspects. If anyone has information as to who these individuals could be, please call police at 719-444-7000 or they can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.