Police seek teen suspect in Fort Collins 7-Eleven robbery

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Investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating a second juvenile suspect in a 7-Eleven robbery this past weekend.

Larimer County sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported armed robbery at 7-Eleven, 200 N. Taft Hill Road in Fort Collins, about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. An employee was shot while chasing one of the suspects, according to a news release.

The employee told investigators he was stocking items in the store when two males came in, one grabbed a carton of beer and both fled the store.

The employee chased the suspects into the parking lot, where he was shot by one of them, according to the sheriff’s office. He was shot in the lower body and his injuries were not life threatening. 

About 1 a.m. Sunday, investigators and Fort Collins Police Services SWAT arrested a 16-year-old male at an apartment in the 100 block of Briarwood Road. The teen faces the following charges: attempted first-degree murder, a Class 2 felony; first-degree assault, a Class 3 felony; aggravated robbery, a Class 3 felony; possession of a weapon by a previous offender, a Class 5 felony; and possession of a handgun by a juvenile, a Class 2 misdemeanor. 

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The teen is being charged as an adult in this case, sheriff’s office spokesperson David Moore said. The Coloradoan has decided not to name him because he is a juvenile. 

Investigators are still searching for a second suspect. The employee described the second person as a white or Hispanic male about 17 years old, 5-foot-6, 120 to 140 pounds with brown eyes. During the robbery, the suspect was wearing a black cloth mask, a black hoodie, black Adidas track pants or shorts with white vertical lines on the legs, black and white or silver Nike tennis shoes, and a black backpack with white or silver trim, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact sheriff’s office Investigator Kevin Hobson at 970-498-5162.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in court. Arrests and charges are merely accusations by law enforcement until, and unless, a suspect is convicted of a crime.

Sady Swanson covers public safety, K-12 education and more throughout Northern Colorado. You can send your story ideas to her at sswanson@coloradoan.com or on Twitter at @sadyswan. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.