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Golden, CO – June 17, 2019 — A suspect is in custody for allegedly attacking and beating two transient men in Golden in the early morning hours of June 12. 51-year old Roger Allan Coderre (DOB 2-6-68), a Golden resident, will be booked into the Jefferson County Detention Facility later this evening.
A dedicated and vigilant team of Golden Police personnel worked together to track down the information that led to the arrest. Several surveillance videos from the area of the attack helped to identify an older model black Nissan Pathfinder in the area of the crime. A patrol officer spotted a vehicle with that description late last week driving in Golden and pulled the driver over for a minor traffic violation. While stopped, the officer told the driver the vehicle matched the description and sought permission to ask a few questions. The driver, identified as Coderre, refused and left the area.
Early this morning, a call came in to the Golden Police tip line from an anonymous caller. The call was suspicious in nature and led detectives to investigate further. The call came from a middle school in a nearby city. Detectives then contacted Coderre at that middle school where he was working as a construction contractor. The police investigation confirms Coderre as the caller of the anonymous tip and at the scene during the time of the attack in Golden.
Golden Police have established enough probable cause to place Coderre under arrest. He will face at least two felony counts of assault. At this time, his alleged motive for the attacks is unclear. The investigation is still under way and more charges could be added.
The deadline for the Citizen Assistance Grant is approaching. This grant is intended to fill gaps in the social services support network for Golden residents of need. Grants will be awarded to established non-profit organizations who can demonstrate that they provide a needed service to the residents of Golden. Organizations outside of the City of Golden can apply, but if those organizations are awarded a grant those groups must invest the grant money towards the betterment of residents within Golden.
Applications are due no later than Friday, June 21, 2019 by 4 p.m. Maximum grant award amount of $20,000.
North Washington Avenue is open to traffic! After months of detours for drivers, some weather delays and a prematurely corroded water main that caused an unexpected delay, north Washington Avenue is now open to north and south lanes of traffic.
A little more work still needs to happen - some striping, signage, pavement markings, and the ramps at Hwy 58 - but all work should be wrapped up by the end of June.
Thanks for your patience!
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair!