Larimer County jail deputy assaulted by inmate

Matthew Bailey

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Julie Rio-Cooper, who was booked into a Larimer County jail yesterday at approximately 6 p.m., punched a jail deputy while being escorted through booking. (Photo courtesy of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office)

An inmate at the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office struck a jail deputy in the face while the inmate was escorted through a booking around 7:40 p.m. Monday, according to a press release from LCSO.

The deputy took the inmate, Julie Ann Rio-Cooper, to the ground while other deputies stepped in to assist.


Rio-Cooper was booked into the jail around 6 p.m. after being arrested by Fort Collins Police Services for allegations of attempted second degree assault (class four felony), violation of bail bond conditions (class six felony), and theft (class three misdemeanor).

An additional allegation of second degree assault will be sought for the assault of the deputy.

The assaulted deputy was released from a local hospital after being treated for minor injuries. Rio-Cooper was uninjured.

Collegian reporter Matt Bailey can be reached at or on Twitter @matnes1999.