‘Boulder police seek person of interest in assault that left victim with grave injuries’

See the report in the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

Boulder police investigate a crime scene near the U.S. 36 on-ramp at Baseline Road this morning.

Boulder police investigate a crime scene near the U.S. 36 on-ramp at Baseline Road this morning. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

Boulder police are looking for a person of interest after a 43-year-old homeless man suffered “grave injuries” in an overnight assault at the corner of 27th Way and Baseline Road.

Boulder police were called out at 2:30 a.m. today on a report of an aggravated assault. When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from what they characterized as “grave” injuries. 

The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to the Boulder Community Health’s Foothills Hospital for treatment.

Investigators are interviewing witnesses and have identified James Craig Dobson, 56, as a “person of interest” in the case. Police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said Dobson is also homeless and that his whereabouts are unknown at this time.

Court records show Dobson has a lengthy criminal history in Boulder County, including arrests for obstructing a police officer, criminal mischief, trespassing, theft and burglary.

James Craig Dobson

James Craig Dobson (Boulder Police Department)

Police have not said how the victim was injured at this time.

The on-ramp to Denver-bound U.S 36 from Baseline Road is closed this morning as Boulder police investigate, and the eastbound turn lane of 28th Street onto Baseline also is closed.

The area is cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape, and multiple officers and evidence technicians can be seen in the area.

Anyone who sees Dobson is asked to call Boulder police at 303-441-3333. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.crimeshurt.com

Boulder police investigate a crime scene near the U.S. 36 on-ramp at Baseline Road this morning.

Boulder police investigate a crime scene near the U.S. 36 on-ramp at Baseline Road this morning. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

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Here we go again, Boulder City Council. You probably don’t realize that most homeless-on-homeless crime goes unreported, for a variety of reasons including victims’ distrust of police. The area along Baseline from Broadway to U.S. 36 is well-known among peaceable homeless folks — that’s most of us — as a danger spot to be avoided. The cops know this, of course, but the self-styled advocates for the worst-behaved transients want you to believe that the biggest problem is McDonald’s refusal to allow BUMS to sleep inside their restaurant overnight.

The “person of interest” in this case, Mr. Dobson, is just the sort of character the do-gooders and nonprofits cater to. His face looks familiar to me from the brief time I’ve spent at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless each morning in the past, but I haven’t seen him there recently.

— MRW 

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