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UNC reports alleged hate crime off campus, but police say no evidence yet it was bias-motivated

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Posted at 3:17 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 17:23:59-04

GREELEY, Colo. — University of Northern Colorado officials this week reported a hate crime assault of a student off campus, but Greeley police on Tuesday said there was no evidence yet the incident was bias-motivated.

Officers had responded about 5:15 p.m. Saturday to a local hospital on a report about an altercation that happened the night before. Police spoke with the victim, who said he was assaulted while attending a party in the 1700 block of 8th Avenue.

His injuries were not serious, police said.

Officers interviewed witnesses, receiving limited information about a suspect. The motive for the assault remains unknown, police said.

"However, the report we received strongly suggests the victim was targeted because of the color of their skin," university officials said in a statement Monday. "Our thoughts are with the victim of this incomprehensible act of violence and their family, and university staff members are in contact with them and offering support."

The UNC officials said they were "angered and disgusted by what we have learned," though more information was not being released Tuesday.

The university police department is working with Greeley police to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact police detective Robert Cash at 970-350-9601.