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Police arrest suspect for July 5 homicide

Released on Thursday, August 19, 2021
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  • Public Information Officer, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950, fcpsmedia@fcgov.com, Website: www.fcgov.com/police/

Fort Collins Police detectives have arrested a 16-year-old male suspect for the murder of Todd Stout.

Detectives have been working since July 5 to gather information, including digital forensic evidence, that would provide further insight into the incident and person responsible. Through this process, they were able to identify a suspect. On August 17, police contacted the 16-year-old male at his home in South Fort Collins. He was arrested for First Degree Murder (class 1 felony) and booked into the Platte Juvenile Detention Center. Due to statutory protections around juvenile arrests, his name is not available for public release. At this time, police do not have any indication that the suspect knew the victim.

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

The victim in this case was found deceased under a bridge in the 4600 block of Mason Street on July 5. The Larimer County Coroner ruled his death a homicide caused by sharp force injuries. Anyone with information about this incident, who has not already spoken to police, is asked to contact Detective Julia Chenoweth at 970-416-2645.

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

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Previous news releases about this case can be found here:

https://www.fcgov.com/news/?id=8050
https://www.fcgov.com/news/?id=8053
https://www.fcgov.com/news/?id=8069