Suspect arrested, charged in Poudre High School robbery

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A Poudre High School student was victim to attempted robbery Thursday afternoon in the school’s parking lot.

The suspect pointed what was later determined to be a “realistic replica handgun” at the student and tried to take her car keys, according to a Fort Collins Police Services press release. The student immediately reported the incident to a school resource officer, who determined which way the suspect ran and involved police.

Police identified the suspect nearby and she was taken into custody. Kayla Dreiling, 27, is being charged with aggravated robbery, felony menacing and interference with staff, faculty or students of an educational institution.

Nobody was injured in the incident and the school was placed on secure status for around an hour while police investigated. 

“I am appalled by this brazen crime committed against a young member of our community,” said FCPS Chief Jeff Swoboda in the press release. “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.”

FCPS is asking anyone with information about the incident or suspect, who has not already spoken to police, is asked to contact SRO Corporal Jarad Sargent at 970-416-2388.

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.

Molly Bohannon covers education for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter @molboha or contact her at mbohannon@coloradoan.com. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.