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Police safely arrest armed suspect wanted for sex assault

Released on Tuesday, April 26, 2022
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  • Public Information Office, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950,

Police have safely arrested an uncooperative, armed man wanted for sexually assaulting children.

In late 2021, Fort Collins Police detectives received a report of repeated assaults that occurred several years earlier. The suspect was identified as Dakota Colvin, who was 19 at the time of the incidents. Colvin was reported to have sexually assaulted two young children who he knew during the summer of 2016. The assaults happened on numerous occasions over several months.

After a lengthy investigation, a warrant was issued for Colvin’s arrest in April 2022. Police contacted him on April 22 in the 800 block of East Harmony Road. Colvin was armed and refused to follow instructions. Officers used several less lethal tools in an effort to gain his cooperation. K9 Eleiko was deployed, and officers were able to safely take Colvin into custody. A handgun was removed from his possession.

Colvin was arrested on the following charges:

  • Sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust (class 3 felony)
  • Pattern of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust – 3 counts (class 3 felony)
  • Felony menacing (class 5 felony)
  • ​Resisting arrest (class 2 misdemeanor)

He was booked into the Larimer County Jail and issued a combined $85,000 cash/surety bond.

“Sexual assault on children is an abhorrent offense that has a lifelong impact. It takes courage to speak up, and I’m grateful to those who brought this crime to light. Their actions may have prevented harm to others," said Chief Jeff Swoboda. "I also want to commend our officers. Confronting a wanted man with a gun is a dangerous endeavor, and they worked hard to bring this dynamic situation to a safe conclusion. "

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Detective Justin Butler at 970-221-6340. All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and all parties must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

In addition to police resources, we have several local service providers in our community who support families and victims of sexual abuse:

Crawford Child Advocacy Center:
Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center: