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Greeley police suspending investigation into alleged crime at off-campus UNC party

Police say alleged victim has not spoken with investigators further
Posted at 7:06 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 21:06:43-04

Greeley police said Tuesday they were suspending the case involving what the University of Northern Colorado initially called a possible hate crime investigation until the alleged victim contacts investigators.

On Aug. 25, UNC issued a press release saying its officers were investigating a reported hate crime involving an assault off campus, though Greeley police said at the time there was no evidence the alleged crime was bias-motivated.

A man claimed he was assaulted while attending a party in the 1700 block of 8th Avenue, though officers who interviewed witnesses said they received limited other information.

The next day, UNC officials and police met with Greeley Police Department leaders and said the university “was premature in definitively labeling the incident a hate crime” and that Greeley police would handle the investigation.

On Tuesday, Greeley police spokespersons wrote in a news release that they have confirmed there was an altercation at a party at the same address, but that no witnesses have corroborated claims by the alleged victim that racial slurs were used at the gathering or that there was a bias-motivated crime.

“Detectives have made numerous attempts to conduct a follow up interview with the victim who thus far has not cooperated with the investigation,” the spokespersons said. “At this point the investigation into this case is being suspended pending further contact from the victim.”

Police ask anyone with information about the alleged incident to contact Det. Robert Cash at 970-350-9601.