Sept. 22, 2015:

Daniel King, age 49, was charged with disorderly conduct for displaying a simulated weapon, a Class 2 misdemeanor, according to court record.

King is due in court Wednesday afternoon.

CSUPD confirmed the gun carried by the suspect very closely resembled a real, working weapon, but has been verified as a non-firing, replica of a gun, according to Senior Communications Coordinator Dell Rae Ciaravola.

CSUPD escort man from Morgan Library Tuesday evening. (Photo by: Abbie Parr).

A Morgan Library employee, who would like to remain anonymous, called CSUPD when he saw the suspect with the replica gun in his hands. The library employee said the suspect was holding a handgun, which turned out to be a replica. He said the suspect was not pointing the replica gun at people.

“The guy was playing with the gun in his hands while sitting in the computer lab,” the library employee said.

CSUPD was very responsive and showed up in only a few minutes, according to the library employee.

CSU freshman Rachel Schubert was in the library and saw the suspect detained by CSUPD.

“We heard these cops scream ‘put down the gun,” Schubert said. “I was freaking out a little. I thought he was going to shoot someone.”

Schubert said she saw approximately five cops, some with assault riffles, surrounding the suspect in the computer lab area.

The suspect is not a current student or employee.

Original story Sept. 22, 2015:

Colorado State University police officers responded to a report of a man with a gun in the Morgan Library at around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to Senior Communications Coordinator Dell Rae Ciaravola. The suspect is in custody and there is no ongoing threat to the CSU campus, according to Ciaravola.

Preliminary information is limited, stay with the Collegian on this developing story.

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Collegian News Editor Christina Vessa can be reached online at or on Twitter @ChrissyVessa.

Update Oct. 12, 2015:

The man who brought a replica gun into the Morgan Library Sept. 22 was developing a game controller for Illustrative Designs, according to a Colorado State University Police Department report.

Daniel King, 49, said he was in the Morgan Library to utilize the “fast Wi-Fi.”

“After an hour of productive work, I was arrested,” King said. “I was actually working — that part of my story never got anywhere. I was tasked with creating basically a control replacing a control for an Xbox game with a toy gun. That’s what I was doing.”

King said he works with 3-D modeling and circuit board design.

“Walking around town now, people will recognize me and they will freak out, and that is not who I am,” King said. “In my opinion, the police totally overreacted.”

Police were dispatched at 7:30 p.m. and handcuffed King after 11 minutes.

Daniel King, 49, brought a replica gun into the Morgan Library Sept. 22. (Photo Courtesy of Larimer County Sheriff's Office).

Daniel King, 49, was booked at the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office for two nights.  (Photo Courtesy of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.)

“I did not hear gunfire or screaming,” stated a report from CSUPD Officer Vincent Maffett. “So I waited until Officer Rayroux and Officer Chiodo arrived at my location.”

CSUPD officers gave verbal commands for other subjects in the area to immediately leave and evacuate, according to the police report. Officer Cayley Chiodo gave King orders to get on the ground, and he complied and was handcuffed.

“They caused more of a hazard than I did by storming in there like that and clearing out half the library,” King said. “They were pointing guns at me. If I hadn’t been calm, if I had jumped or something, I could have been shot. They put my life in danger for no reason.”

A report by Officer James Rayroux states that King told police the weapon was not a real gun.

“Officer Chiodo and I collected the replica weapon and all of the property of King,” stated Maffett’s report. “Officer Chiodo and I escorted King out of the Morgan Library and placed him in the back of my marked patrol vehicle.”

CSUPD brought King into the Police Department for questioning at 8:29 p.m.

“King stated that he did not intend to alarm people with the replica gun,” stated Maffett’s report. “King agreed with me that working on a ‘simulated gun’ in the open, in a public library, was reckless. King stated that while he agreed it was reckless, he felt that bringing the replica gun was ‘insensitive.’”

Maffett stated in the report that “display of a ‘simulated firearm’ in a university library where open carry is not allowed was obviously offensive and breached the peace.”

King said he has no affiliation with the University.

“I was using the Wi-Fi because the library is open to the general public — it’s the best Wi-Fi in town,” King said. “I just needed to search quickly for it. I design stuff on my laptop. I have done that a lot over the years at CSU.”

King was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and transported to the Larimer County Jail. He was also given an exclusionary order preventing him from returning to the CSU campus, which was effective immediately.

King said he spent two nights in jail. CSUPD officers located King’s bicycle, which was east of the Morgan Library, in order to prevent him from later entering campus to get it.

“CSU, they impounded all my stuff except for my ID,” King said. “That was the only reason I was there two nights. I couldn’t make any phone calls. You have to have money to call out, and CSU took all my stuff. The only reason I got out is that my parents saw me on 7 News.”

King’s court date is set for Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.

“I never used it in a threatening manner whatsoever,” King said. “(The police) were really fired up. The police were all sweating and the adrenaline was flying. There was no reason for them to be fired up like that.”

Collegian News Editor Christina Vessa can be reached online at or on Twitter @ChrissyVessa.

It’s a small world.

This is a phrase that describes the life of Daniela Pineda Soraca, the current CSU student body president. When comparing her birthplace, Bogota, Colombia and her current home Fort Collins, Colorado, Daniela says there are more similarities than differences.

She cites the warm and welcoming personalities of community members and geographical elements like the mountains.

Photo credit: Daniela Pineda Soracá

Daniela immigrated to Fort Collins from Bogota as a little girl, and has felt a strong connection to this community for years. Whether it be advocating on behalf of her middle school at a Fort Collins City Council meeting or exploring Colorado with her former hall mates, this is a community where Daniela has been thriving.

Read more here.

(Photo by: Christina Vessa)

Mike Lensky toured University of Colorado Boulder on Valentine’s Day, but he didn’t fall in love. When touring Colorado State University the next day, he stepped foot in the College of Business, saw the ticker tape and knew he was home. After all, Mike says he likes numbers better than words.

Let’s flash forward three years. Mike is speaking at Moby Arena in front of nearly 4,000 incoming students during convocation. Right before entering the stage, President Tony Frank was standing in front of him in a gown, surrounded by faculty members and the University’s top leaders. Mike was about to welcome the newest incoming class while trying not to throw up from the nerves. Read more here.

Impactful legislation, long nights and exciting conversations create a compelling environment in the ASCSU Senate. You never know what you are going to get. These elements are what have kept Isabel Brown and Lawrence Horowitz busy in their positions within senate leadership.

When Lawrence and Isabel joined the ASCSU Senate last year, they had no idea how much excitement was to come. Every college, including the Student Diversity and Program Services offices, has full-time seats for representation. Of the 46 full-time seats, there are 17 currently available! There is even a place for students who have double majors or those who are undeclared. Read more here.

Three days per week, Hanna Johnson wakes up at 4 a.m. in order to be rowing on Horsetooth Reservoir by 5 a.m. sharp. As a member on the CSU Crew rowing team, Hanna is an early riser, but even though she’s up before the crack of dawn most days, she still manages to make a major impact on sustainability-related efforts as the Director of Environmental Affairs with ASCSU.

When she started getting involved with climate advocacy as a freshman, she realized that it may just be the largest humanitarian disaster of our lifetime. Climate change and how it impacts poorer communities inspired her to pursue a political science degree. Read more here.

Meet ASCSU’s Director of Finance, Michael Wells. You can find him wearing glasses and a suit while studying finance and computer information systems. On the surface, you may think he’s the most boring person on Earth, but once you get to know him better, you’ll find he loves to make jokes, paint, draw, make music and even sing from time to time.

Michael’s personality outshines what some may consider his professional appearance. His demeanor is calming and warm, which are also qualities he uses to describe his first impressions of Colorado State University. Read more.

This statement was written on behalf of the Associated Students of Colorado State University by Christina Vessa.

The new on-campus, multi-use stadium is well on its way to completion as an on-budget project that will create classroom and alumni spaces, while enhancing the student tailgate and programming experience.

Although this project will be completed in the coming year, there are still discussions taking place between student leaders, administrators and campus stakeholders in order to ensure safety, student-led program initiatives and opportunities for feedback.

The Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU) is working hard to ensure that all branches of our organization are informed on the contextual knowledge of this project and the processes in which student input can be received. Our goal is to further enhance the student experience and ensure that equitable resources are provided to all once this major project reaches completion. Read more here.

Officer of Governmental Affairs Josh Williams. (Photo: Christina Vessa)

Officer of Governmental Affairs Josh Williams. (Photo: Christina Vessa)

The Colorado State University Political Science Department drove Josh Williams’ decision to choose CSU over Northern Arizona University in 2014. CSU was a new school with new people, but that didn’t stop Josh from being politically active and involving himself in the student government.

Freshman year, he was accepted into the Key Service and Global Sustainability Cluster, a year-long program. It was new page in Josh’s life, but he was ready for it. He ended up running for the Vice President of Braiden Hall through Hall Council; even though he lost the campaign, his Residence Director, Jackie, mentioned an open senator seat in the Resident Hall Association.

“I don’t know what that is, but I’ll take it,” Josh said.

Read more here.