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On January 23, 2021, at approximately 1:31 a.m., Larimer County Sheriff Office communications received a 911 report of an armed robbery at the 7-11 located at 200 North Taft Hill Road in Fort Collins.  Patrol deputies responded and contacted a clerk who said that he had been shot while chasing one of the suspects.  

The clerk (23-year-old male of Fort Collins) reported he was stocking items in the store when two males entered. The males were wearing clothing and masks that covered most of their features. One male grabbed a carton of beer and both suspects fled the store with the clerk giving chase.  Once in the parking lot the clerk was shot by one of the suspects.  The gunshot wound was to the lower extremities and non-life threatening. 

LCSO investigators responded to the scene and took over the investigation.   Investigators worked through the weekend and developed leads that led to the arrest of one of the suspects.  On January 24, 2021, at approximately 1:00 a.m., with the assistance of the Fort Collins Police Services SWAT team, LCSO investigators arrested a 16-year-old male at an apartment in the 100 block of Briarwood Road, Fort Collins. 

Christian Lee Burley (05/06/2004) of Fort Collins was charged with the following offenses:  18-3-102(1) (A) Criminal Attempt First Degree Murder - Class 2 Felony, 18-3-202 (1)(A) Assault in the First Degree - Class 3 Felony, 18-3-302(1)(A) Aggravated Robbery - Class 3 Felony, 18-12-108(1) Possession of Weapon by Previous Offender – Class 5 Felony, and 18-12-108 (1)(A) Possession of Handgun by Juvenile - Class 2 Misdemeanor.  Burley is being held at the Platte Valley Youth Services Center in Greeley.

At the time of this release, investigators are still pursuing leads to identify the second suspect.  The 7-11 clerk described the second suspect as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 17 years old, about 5’06”, 120 – 140 pounds, and brown eyes.  He was wearing a black cloth mask over his face, a black hoodie, black Adidas track pants or shorts with white vertical lines on the legs, black and white/silver Nike tennis shoes, and a black backpack with white or silver trim.  Still photos of the second suspect taken from surveillance video at 7-11 are attached.

Anyone with information regarding this incident and/or the whereabouts of the second suspect is asked to call Investigator Kevin Hobson at 970-498-5162.

The charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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Published on: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 2:59pm
Contact Details: 

Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
(970)980-2501 |  Email

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