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Man arrested in connection with transient assaults in Golden

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 18:16:36-04

GOLDEN, Colo. — Police in Golden announced Monday an arrest was made in connection with an attack on two transients in Golden last week.

Roger Coderre, 51, was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of felony assault. He will be booked into the Jefferson County Detention Facility later this evening, a release from the Golden Police Department read.

Coderre, a Golden resident, is suspected of using a blunt object to assault two transients near the Colorado School of Mines campus in the early morning hours of June 12. Two men told police that a man attacked them as he yelled that they should “get out of my city/town,” police said.

Police used surveillance video from cameras in the area of the attack to trace a Nissan Pathfinder to Coderre, the release read.

Late last week, a patrol officer spotted a Nissan Pathfinder and pulled Coderre over for a minor traffic violation, but he refused to cooperate and took off when he was asked about his possible involvement in the attacks, police said.

Early this morning, a call came into the Golden Police tip line from an anonymous caller. The call was suspicious and led detectives to investigate further, the release read. The call came from a middle school where Coderre was working as a construction contractor, police said in the release. Police said they confirmed Coderre was the caller of the anonymous tip and at the scene during the time of the attack in Golden.

At this time, his alleged motive for the attacks is unclear. Police are still investigating a similar attack — an unsolved incident from January, but have not yet connected the January assaults to Coderre.

In the January incident, two transients were attacked. One was hit in the back of the neck with a blunt object, and police said the suspect tried to use a Taser to hit the victims with a stun gun. The suspect also told the transients in January to “get out of my city/town.”

The investigation is still, and more charges could be added, police said.