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Posted on: May 18, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Task Force Investigation

UPDATE: 9/17/15 1:40 pm
The Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force would like to take this opportunity to update the public on the status of the investigations into the recent shootings in northern Colorado.

1. On April 22, 2015, at approximately 11:15 pm, Cori Romero reported she had been involved in a traffic accident as she was merging onto southbound Interstate 25 from Harmony Road in Larimer County. It was later determined that Ms. Romero had been shot in the neck with a firearm while she was driving.
2. On May 18, 2015, at approximately 10:15 am, Mr. John Jacoby was shot and killed while riding his bicycle near the intersection of Weld County Road 15 and Weld County Road 72 in Windsor.
3. On June 3, 2015, at approximately 10:30 pm, a person was shot at while riding a motorcycle near the intersection of Denver Drive and East 18th Street in Loveland. The person was not injured.
4. On June 3, 2015, at approximately 10:45 pm, Mr. William Connole was shot and killed while standing at the intersection of East 1st Street and North St. Louis Avenue in Loveland. The investigation into these cases is still very much active and ongoing.

The investigation into these cases is still very much active and ongoing.

On September 13, 2015, the Banner Health Center on Lady Moon Drive reported to Fort Collins Police Services that their building was damaged by a firearm. The damage occurred to a portion of the building that was occupied at the time and no one was injured. On the same day, Cottonwood Plains Elementary School on Turman Drive reported to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office that their building was damaged by a firearm.

The task force will monitor and investigate the details surrounding those incidents; however there is no information to indicate they are related to the four original shootings.

The task force is announcing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now offering up to $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the four original shootings. However, if circumstances change and the reported shootings at Banner 2 Health and Cottonwood Plains Elementary School are proven to be directly related to the original four shootings, circumstances regarding the reward may change.

The task force is also announcing that as of September 8, 2015, personnel from Fort Collins Police Services, Greeley Police Department, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation were assigned to the task force. These agencies were added to the task force to increase effectiveness in the areas of processing information and gathering intelligence on criminal activity in the surrounding region.

The task force is asking the public that if anyone has any information concerning these cases to please come forward. In so many cases like these, there may be several people who have information and believe that someone else has already come forward with that same information. Please do not make that assumption - come forward with the information you have whether or not you think someone else has already done so. This includes information regarding the depiction of a motor vehicle, released to the public on June 23, 2015, that is believed to be involved in the shootings that occurred on June 3rd in Loveland.

The task force has received anonymous tips from a specific person(s) as recent as August 17, 2015. Task force investigators have followed up on the information you provided, however more information is needed. You are encouraged to contact the task force again, by any method you are comfortable with, and give specific details to support why you believe what you have already reported is accurate.

The task force continues to monitor regional reports of shattered vehicle windows and work with the law enforcement agencies responding to those incidents. To date, there has been no physical or forensic evidence recovered to indicate any of the reported shattered windows are related to the four shootings being investigated by the task force.

The task force also continues to monitor other seemingly random shooting incidents in the United States. To date, there is no indication that any of those incidents are related to the cases under investigation by the Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force.

The task force would like to share with the public some of its investigative efforts to date.

-The task force has processed over 340,385 cell phone numbers, more than 2,550 leads, and conducted over 500 interviews. Task force investigators have followed up on 748 vehicles and looked at over 100 videos from businesses in the vicinity of these four crimes.
-10 persons of interest have been identified and cleared by the task force.
- There are 26 personnel assigned to the task force from the following agencies:
- Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
-Windsor Police Department
-Weld County Sheriff’s Office
-Larimer County District Attorney’s Office
-Federal Bureau of Investigation Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
-Loveland Police Department
-Colorado State Patrol
-Fort Collins Police Services
-Greeley Police Department
-Colorado Bureau of Investigation

The task force would like to thank all law enforcement agencies and members of the public for their support of the task force’s efforts thus far.

View Press Release


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UPDATE 9/16/15 5:00 pm
The Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force will host a media briefing at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at the Loveland Police Department located at 810 E. Tenth Street, Loveland, Colorado 80537. Task Force spokesperson David Moore will provide updated information regarding the investigation.

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UPDATE 7/2/15 9:45am

On July 2, 2015, at approximately 8:30 am, the task force evidence recovery team responded to the 6800 block of County Road 9 in Loveland to follow up on leads from tips they had received previously. Investigators will continue to follow up on leads and tips as they have been since this task force investigation began. To maintain the integrity of the investigation, details of these tips, leads, and evidence sought and/or recovered will not be released.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Task Force tip line at 970-498-5595 where you may remain anonymous or email the task force at [email protected] The Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to offer a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for any of these crimes. You may also call Larimer County Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868 where you will remain anonymous and possibly eligible for a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible.

View Press Release

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UPDATE 6/23/15 2:00pm
Task force investigators have been able to develop what they believe to be a depiction of a vehicle of interest. Specifically, the task force needs the public’s help in locating a 1970’s model, full-size, single cab Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck that is faded orange in color with a full-size bed. It is possibly a 1973 – 1979 model GM pickup based on the round headlight shape. The pickup is one color, faded orange, and has black primer on the driver’s side body.
Sketch of vehicle of interest
Full Press Release

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UPDATE 6/23/15 9:15 am

The Task Force investigating the recent shooting incidents in Larimer County, Windsor, and Loveland will host a media briefing at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at the Loveland Police Department located at 810 E. Tenth Street, Loveland, Colorado 80537. Task Force spokesperson David Moore will announce new information regarding the investigation.
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UPDATE: 6/19/15

The following is a letter from The Task Force Chiefs and Sheriffs of Northern Colorado regarding the shootings in Northern Colorado. View Letter.

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UPDATE: 6/9/15

Press Release from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office:

A single telephone number and email address have been created for all Tips regarding the cases under investigation by the Task Force:

Task Force Tip Line: 970-498-5595
Task Force Email: [email protected]

Previously released information about the cases is available via the included links:
Shooting in Larimer County on April 22nd (http://bit.ly/1KlqWCc);
Homicide in Windsor on May 18th (http://bit.ly/1IqGH8E); and
Homicide in Loveland on June 3rd (http://bit.ly/1B4cfkS).

The Task Force is interested in talking to anyone who was near the area of E. 1st Street and St. Louis Avenue in Loveland on the night of June 3rd between 10:00 and 11:00 pm. This includes vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic in that area.

The Task Force is also interested in speaking with an individual who was driving a white Ford SUV on May 18th near Weld County Road 72 and Weld County Road 15. The Task Force believes this person may have important witness information for the investigation of the homicide in Windsor.

Task Force Commander Captain Robert Coleman has assigned a unit of the Task Force to continue investigating all reports of shattered vehicle windows in the area. To date, there is no evidence that links these reports to the three cases under investigation by the Task Force.

Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is asked to call the Task Force Tip Line at 970-498-5595 where you will remain anonymous. You may also send an email to [email protected] with information regarding any of these incidents.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now offering an increased reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the above crimes.

Larimer County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer David Moore continues to serve as the sole point of contact for media regarding the Task Force investigations.

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UPDATE: 5-29-15

New information now reveals the fatal shooting of John Jacoby and Cori Romero are linked. John Jacoby was fatally shot on County Road 15 south of County Road 72 at approximately 10:00 am, May 18 where it appears he was traveling northbound on his bicycle. Cori Romero was shot while driving from East Harmony Road onto the on-ramp to southbound I-25 around 11:15 p.m. on April 22.

A formal task force has been established including the Windsor Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, both Weld County District Attorney’s Office and Larimer County District Attorney’s Office and additional resources as needed.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. The Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and prosecution.

The Town of Windsor Police Department is asking residents to remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings. Please report any suspicious activity to the Town of Windsor Police Department at 970-674-6400.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-Tips (8477) or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) by typing “NOCO plus your message.”

This investigation is ongoing and further updates will be provided once available.

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UPDATE: 5-26-15

The investigation into the John Jacoby shooting is continuing. Numerous tips are being investigated. The Windsor Police Department is interested in talking to anyone who was in the area of Weld County Road 15 and Weld County Road 72 on May 18th, 2015 between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. If you have any information please contact the Windsor Police Department at 970-674-6400.____________________________________________________________________
UPDATE: 5-22-15

As of 11:30 a.m. this morning, the Windsor Police Department continues to investigate the homicide of John Jacoby. Investigators are following up on leads provided by the public. No new information is available at this time.

The Windsor Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance with this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-Tips (8477) or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) by typing “NOCO plus your message.”

Residents are asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Town of Windsor Police Department at 970-674-6400.

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UPDATE: 5-19-15

As of 10:00 a.m., May 19th, 2015 the investigation into the fatal shooting at County Road 15 and County Road 72 continues. The FBI is assisting the Windsor Police Department with the investigation. Area law enforcement has been notified of the situation that occurred in Windsor. The public has been helping in responding with tips and the Windsor Police Department is following-up on any information received.

The Windsor Police Department is asking residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Town of Windsor Police Department at 970-674-6400.

The public is encouraged to submit tips on this crime to the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers. -Call the Hotline: 1-800-222-Tips (8477)
-Text Tips: Text "NOCO plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES)
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PREVIOUS INFORMATION FROM 5/18/2015:

A fatal shooting occurred at approximately 10:00 a.m., May 18th, 2015 of a bicyclist traveling northbound on County Road 15 near County Road 72.

The victim was found by a passing motorist. Emergency personnel were called to the scene at which time the individual was pronounced dead. The victim was shot twice. This is being investigated as a homicide by the Town of Windsor Police Department.

The victim, John Jacoby, was 48 years old and was a part-time Park Caretaker with the Town of Windsor.

The investigation is ongoing and further updates will be provided when more information is received.

The Police Department is asking residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Town of Windsor Police Department 970-674-6400.

The public is encouraged to submit tips on this crime to the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers.Call the Hotline: 1-800-222-Tips (8477)
Text Tips: Text "NOCO plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES)

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