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Suspect arrested for sexually assaulting sleeping woman

A Fort Collins woman contacted police at 2:07 a.m. Sept. 7 and reported that an unknown man broke into her residence in the 600-block of Balsam Lane and sexually assaulted her, according to a Sept. 16 press release published by Fort Collins Police Services. 

A headshot of a recently arrested man.
22-year-old Tanner Cook was arrested for burglary and sexual assault Sept. 7, 2019. (Photo Courtesy of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office)

The suspect, 22-year-old Tanner Cook, was located by responding Fort Collins police officers who arrested him on charges of burglary and sexual assault, both of which are Class 3 felonies.

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Cook is being held in the Larimer County Jail. 

“Sexual assault is a serious crime that impacts our community and is often under-reported,” said Criminal Impact Unit Sergeant Scott Crumbaker. “There are numerous resources and services that are available to victims of these types of crimes. We encourage victims to report to police as soon as possible to aid in the arrest and prosecution of dangerous criminals.”

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident or other incidents involving Cook should contact Detective Mike Harres immediately at 970-221-6543. Additionally, anyone who wishes to contribute information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or visit www.stopcriminals.org.

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb

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Serena Bettis
Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at editor@collegian.com.

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