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A suspect is in custody for kidnapping and domestic violence after a 5-hour standoff with law enforcement.

On March 14, 2023 at 10:43 a.m., the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic violence incident in a Bellvue/Poudre Canyon home. An adult female victim had been held in the house for more than a day and assaulted by the adult male suspect. When deputies arrived, the victim was able to escape and was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The suspect was identified as Jared Gassen (DOB 02/15/84), of Bellvue. Gassen barricaded in the home and refused to exit. The Larimer County Regional All Hazards/Crisis Response team responded to assist. Several less-lethal tools were used in an effort to gain his cooperation, but Gassen continued refusing commands. At 4:02 p.m., he was apprehended with the assistance of K9 Tyr. Gassen received medical treatment and was booked into the Larimer County Jail on the following charges:

  • Second Degree Kidnapping (F4)
  • Second Degree Assault (F4)
  • Domestic Violence

Additional charges are pending. A booking photo is attached.

“Our deputies relied on their training, strong tactical decision-making, and a variety of tools to reach this outcome,” said Patrol Lieutenant Jamie Smith. “Domestic violence calls are often unpredictable and dangerous to all involved, and we’re grateful for this safe ending.”

Drug use is being investigated as a possible factor in this case. Thank you to our public safety partners at UCHealth who assisted with this incident. The charges are merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

Domestic violence impacts individuals and families in many communities. If you or someone you know is experiencing intimate partner abuse, resources are available here in Larimer County:

Crossroads Safehouse: 

Estes Valley Crisis Advocates:

Alternatives to Violence:   

SAVA Center:

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Media Release
Published on: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 2:24pm
Contact Details: 

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

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