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FCPS arrest suspect on attempted murder after stabbing incident

Fort Collins Police Services have arrested a suspect for attempted murder following a Sept. 16 incident, according to a Sept. 21 press release.

“Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Dollie Knab at 970-416-2195 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868.”

The press release said the incident occurred along the 1800 block of North College Avenue at 11:11 p.m. Sept. 16, in which officers responded to a disturbance call in a parking lot. 


“Upon arrival, they located the victim, a 56-year-old man, who had been stabbed,” the press release said. “He was transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries.” 

The suspect, who did not know the victim, according to the press release, has been identified as Fort Collins resident David McWhorter, 29. McWhorter was booked into the Larimer County Jail Sept. 17 under the class 2 felony charge of attempted first-degree murder.  

“Based on the investigation, detectives determined that a male suspect had approached the victim, and a disturbance occurred,” the press release said. “The suspect reportedly chased the victim across the street and stabbed him.” 

According to the press release, the suspect was located by police near where the incident took place and was also transported to a hospital for “an injury that required medical attention.” McWhorter was booked after his release from the hospital. 

Several witnesses have been interviewed by FCPS already, the press release said. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Dollie Knab at 970-416-2195 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868.

Serena Bettis can be reached at 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

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