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Suspect arrested for robbery in school parking lot

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/

A suspect has been arrested for robbing a student in a high school parking lot.

On August 19, 2021 around 2:30 p.m., a Poudre High School student reported to the School Resource Officer that she had just been the victim of a robbery. The victim said that she was approached in the parking lot by an unknown adult woman, later identified as Kayla Dreiling, 27, of Fort Collins, who asked to borrow the victim’s phone. A short time later, the suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and tried to take her car keys. A brief struggle ensued, and the suspect ultimately ran away on foot. The victim immediately reported the incident to her SRO, who accessed security video and was able to determine the suspect’s direction of travel.

Police located Dreiling nearby and took her into custody. A realistic replica handgun was recovered during the investigation. Dreiling was arrested on charges of Aggravated Robbery (class 3 felony), Felony Menacing (class 5 felony), and Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of an Educational Institution (class 1 misdemeanor).

“I am appalled by this brazen crime committed against a young member of our community,” said FCPS Chief Jeff Swoboda. “I want to commend the victim for taking quick action to notify the SRO. Despite the traumatic situation, her fast notification made it possible for officers to locate the suspect almost immediately.”

Nobody was injured during this incident. Poudre High School was placed on Secure Status for approximately one hour while police investigated. Anyone with information about this incident or suspect, who has not already spoken to police, is asked to contact SRO Corporal Jarad Sargent at 970-416-2388.

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