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Transient arrested in 2 brutal Boulder assaults, charged with attempted murder and assault

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 18:03:57-04

BOULDER, Colo. – Police arrested a homeless man Tuesday in connection with two attacks on people this week—one of which left a victim fighting for his life.

James Craig Dobson, 56, was arrested Tuesday on second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and third-degree assault charges.

Police say they think Dobson attacked two people late Monday and early Tuesday morning.

The first incident happened around 10:30 p.m. near 27th Way and Baseline Road. Officers found a 50-year-old man with injuries consistent with a beating, the police department said. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover, according to the department.

But later that night, around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and in the same location, officers found a 43-year-old man with “grave injuries.” He was hospitalized and remains in critical condition, police said.

The Boulder Police Department hasn’t said much about the attacks, only that the victims’ injuries “were consistent with beatings” and that “it appears the victims and suspect knew each other.”

Dobson remains held at the Boulder County jail. Police are still interviewing people and witnesses.

Anyone who has additional information about the assaults is asked to call the police department at 303-441-3333.