LONGMONT, Colo. - Longmont police have obtained an arrest warrant for Kurt Severen Olson Jones, a man suspected in an assault that occurred late Tuesday night.
By the time the warrant was obtained, Jones had left the area and his current location is unknown.
Jones was followed from his home on Wednesday afternoon at 3:20 p.m. He was driving a red Ford Mustang with license plate 296-XAF. Jones was last seen heading south on I-25 near Highway 119.
Anyone encountering Jones is warned not to approach him and to call Longmont police immediately at (303) 651-8501.
A SWAT standoff with an assault suspect at a Longmont home Wednesday ended with police "backing off" because the badly injured victim was unable to identify his attacker in a photo lineup.
Police were trying to negotiate with a man who was holed up in a Meadow Court home from about 7 a.m. until 10:20 a.m. During the standoff, police had schools and daycare centers in the area on lockdown.
"Based on our investigation, we cannot positively link the individual on Meadow Court with the assault," Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said. "We presented the victim with a photo lineup, he was not able to successfully identify the person, which is pretty common."
"At this point, we're having to back off," Satur continued. "We do not have enough probable cause to continue with a search warrant for [the suspect's] home or an arrest warrant for him."
But police are still trying to identify the attacker who brutally assaulted and strangled a 48-year-old man walking home around midnight on Tuesday. The attacker stole the victim's cellphone.
"This individual was just walking home around midnight…and just out of nowhere this person attacks him and beats him up," Satur said. "This was a violent physical assault with strangulation."
Police were initially called by a neighbor reporting a fight in the street. At about the same time, two other neighbors reported a disturbance at the suspect's Meadow Court home.
Police initially could not find the assault victim. So officers went to the home where the disturbance was reported, and they found the man living there was angry and uncooperative, Satur said.
The man "kind of took a fighting stance when [police] got there and told them to get a warrant," Satur said. "They backed off from the home, continued their investigation, eventually located the victim."
The victim was treated for injuries at Longmont United Hospital. "As a result of that assault and strangulation, he suffered some vascular injuries near his spine that put him at risk of a stroke," Satur said.
Police are still interviewing witnesses as they work to identify the attacker. The assailant is described as white man who is about 5-feet-8-inches tall, with medium length hair.
"We will continue with our investigation," Satur said. "We want these neighbors to feel safe. This is unusual for Longmont to have somebody just attack somebody for no reason, and that's concerning for us."