Boulder police investigating murder of homeless man

Boulder Weekly Staff | Boulder Weekly

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