Pot-bellied man with no neck wanted in vicious Boulder assault

During the wee hours of March 6, a man was attacked in downtown Boulder by an unknown assailant, and viciously so: The victim suffered broken bones in his face and a brain hemorrhage that could have proven fatal if he hadn't been found so quickly.

As for the suspect, he's described in terms that are simultaneously frightening and highly unusual: a man of Hispanic or Pacific Island descent with dark red curly hair, a chunky build, a pot belly and "no neck." In other words, halfway between an NFL lineman and a killer clown.

Get more details about the crime and the assailant from the Boulder Police Department release below:

Police release composite in life-threatening assault

Boulder police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in an assault that occurred at about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, on the southeast corner of 11th and Walnut streets. A 23-year-old male victim was attacked by an unknown male suspect, who caused life-threatening injuries. A witness was able to help with a composite sketch of the suspect.

The incident happened near a taxi stand. The victim and a friend had left the Walrus Saloon and were attempting to get a cab when a group of three men confronted them. The suspect pictured in the composite sketch punched the victim at least once in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect and his friends then ran away, in the direction of University Hill.

The victim was unconscious for several minutes. According to doctors who treated him, he suffered brain hemorrhaging as well as broken facial bones and likely would have died if not seen quickly by medical personnel. He likely will need additional surgery.

The suspect has several distinctive physical features. He has been described as a 20- to 22-year-old Hispanic or Pacific Islander male with dark red curly hair. He is 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and was characterized as being "chunky" with "no neck" and "a pot belly."

Anyone with information about this crime or this suspect is asked to contact Detective Jeremy Frenzen as soon as possible at 303-441-3330. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers Web site at Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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