Man arrested after harassing women in Campus West

Matthew Bailey

A man has been arrested following the harassment of several women in Fort Collins this spring, according to a May 25 press release published by Fort Collins Police Services.

Andrew Varela was taken into custody on May 24 on charges of harassment and indecent exposure and was booked into the Larimer County Jail.

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The FCPS Neighborhood Enforcement Team investigated incidents related to Varela, but it is believed that more victims possibly exist. These incidents generally occurred in the Campus West area, specifically City Park and the West Plum Street and City to the Park Avenue area, according to the press release. 

36-year-old Andrew Varela was taken into custody on May 24 on charges of harassment and indecent exposure. (Courtesy of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office).

The female victims involved in these incidents reported that Varela repeatedly drove past them slowly while they were walking or sunbathing, and Varela would sometimes follow the victims back to their apartments.

Varela has additionally been accused of engaging in indecent activity within his vehicle while watching women. The victims reported that Varela drove a red Hyundai Veloster.

Anyone who has any additional information regarding these incidents has been asked to contact Officer Shane Cundall at (970) 416-2526, or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at (970) 221-6868.

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