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Man arrested following violent incident

Released on Wednesday, March 4, 2020
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  • La Guardia booking photo

At 2:17 a.m. on March 2, 2020, Fort Collins Police responded to a residential disturbance in the 400 block of Smith Street. Officers learned that one of the residents, Aaron La Guardia (DOB 04/20/84), was reportedly under the influence of illegal drugs and had stabbed his dog and physically assaulted a male victim. All people in the home were able to safely exit before police arrived, and La Guardia remained inside. Officers contacted the suspect via phone and ultimately convinced him to come out. La Guardia was safely taken into custody and booked into the Larimer County Jail. The male victim was not injured. Sadly, the animal did not survive the incident.

La Guardia faces charges of Third Degree Assault (class 3 misdemeanor), Felony Menacing (class 4 felony), First Degree Burglary (class 3 felony), and Aggravated Cruelty to Animals (class 6 felony). A booking photo is attached courtesy of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

"Illegal substances can cause erratic, unpredictable, and extremely dangerous behavior," said FCPS Chief Jeff Swoboda. "Using hard drugs can have devastating outcomes. If you or someone you know has a substance dependency issue, help is available in our community."

If you or a loved one is experiencing a crisis, call 911. Care is also available through the SummitStone Walk-In Crisis Center located at 1217 Riverside Avenue in Fort Collins. For more information about local services for substance use and behavioral health issues, visit https://www.summitstonehealth.org/.

All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and any arrested party must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.