FORT COLLINS - Fort Collins police continue to investigate what they now say was a gang-related stabbing in Old Town on New Year's Eve.
The 39-year-old victim was found bleeding from multiple stab wounds outside a tattoo parlor on Linden Street. His identity is being withheld by police, who say he remains hospitalized in serious condition.
The incident happened at about 11 p.m. as thousands of revelers filled the streets and nearby bars. Police officers on foot raced through the night, chasing down and detaining four men. Police now say the suspect left the scene before they arrived, and no arrests have been made.
In a statement on Thursday, police said the public is in no specific danger related to the stabbing. Further details are being withheld by police during the ongoing investigation.
The stabbing on Tuesday night left a pool of blood on the brick pavers outside Refuge Tattoo at 218 Linden St. Police say the two men argued before the stabbing. After the incident, the victim's family remained parked outside the tattoo parlor in a white minivan. It was unclear whether they had witnessed the incident or arrived shortly after.
Fort Collins Police Services has a special unit, the Criminal Impact Unit, that deals in part with gang activity in the city.
In an undated interview with the city's cable-access television network, Det. Marc Neal said Fort Collins has a "very low" level of gang-related issues, with fewer than 100 gang-related crimes annually.
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