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Friday, October 28,2011

Boulder police investigating murder of homeless man

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Boulder police are investigating the stabbing death of a homeless man on Pearl Street that occurred this morning

At approximately 1:20 a.m., Boulder police responded to a 911 call that was traced to the 3100 block of Pearl Street. The caller told dispatch he had been stabbed and the suspect was still on scene, police said.

According to a news release, officers arrived on scene to find two stabbing victims in what appeared to be an abandoned shed being used as shelter. Both victims were transported to Boulder Community Hospital (BCH), police said, and one of them died in surgery at approximately 9:45 a.m. The second victim is still being treated at BCH. The suspect was arrested on the scene and is currently at the Boulder County Jail, according to the release.

Both of the victims and the suspect are homeless. The homicide victim has not yet been identified. Police identified the suspect as Charles Waters, 56.

“The homeless often face dangers most of us do not have to worry about, and this is just another tragic example," Police Chief Mark Beckner said in the release. "There is no tolerance in our community for this sort of senseless violence. We are doing everything we can to build a solid case for prosecution."

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Det. Ruth Christopher at 303-441-1974. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com.

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