LONGMONT, Colo. -
As a Longmont teenager lay bleeding on the porch of a stranger's home late Monday night, his good friend who stood by his side and called 911 never noticed the mortal wound.
According to 911 tapes released Thursday, the friend of Logan Cameron Steele Sisson, 19, thought his friend was bleeding from a rough fight with two women and two men, but told dispatchers the worst wound was likely a broken arm.
But police say the violent attack was far worse, and while the victim's friend didn't know the full extent of the injuries, the women accused of inflicting them should have.
Mariena Amber Harris, 19, of Longmont, and Lakesha Marie Crutcher, 20, a transient, continued to be held Thursday at the Boulder County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder in the teen's death.
They're expected to be charged today.
Harris told several people after the stabbing that she was responsible for the fatal blow, Longmont police Cmdr. Tim Lewis said. Both women knew - or should have known - that bringing a knife with them to the city's Lanyon Park after a confrontation at a nearby "4/20â pot party could end with someone dead, he said.
"The investigation shows us they were aware of the magnitude of the incident,â Lewis said of the women.
He said the nature of Sisson's wounds would have made it "apparent what occurred,â although he declined to elaborate. An autopsy Tuesday concluded Sisson died from a stab wound to the chest.
Lewis said detectives believe they've recovered the murder weapon, which is described as a pocketknife with a blade about 3-inches long.
Boulder County Coroner Tom Faure declined to release information about the number of stab wounds that Sisson suffered, and it could be weeks before an official autopsy is released.
Sisson was stabbed shortly after being told to leave the 4/20 party when the woman hosting the celebration became the "object of his unwanted affection,â police said.
According to the Longmont Times-Call, the 43-year-old hostess denied police accounts that it was a pro-pot party and said that she asked Sisson to leave because he brought alcohol and she knew he was underage. The paper agreed to withhold the woman's name at her request.
Sisson's friend, who was walking with him Monday night after police say Sisson was kicked out of a nearby party, told 911 dispatchers there was a "big ol' fightâ happening at Lanyon Park about 11 p.m.
"There's a bunch of people fighting,â the teenage caller said.
Asked whether he could see what was happening, the man replied, "No, I started walking away because they started picking (expletive) with me.â
The caller identified his 19-year-old friend's attackers as two women. He told the dispatcher he couldn't see any weapons involved.
"It was physical, they were down on the ground beating him,â the man said.
"The girls were?â the dispatcher asked.
"Yeah,â he replied.
About five minutes later, the same man called 911 again. This time, the fight was over and he'd gone to meet up with Sisson, who had staggered across the street and was bleeding on the front porch of a nearby house.
"I was walking down the street and um, like, two more guys showed up and they just kept beating up this one guy,â the caller said while standing beside a dying Sisson. "He's my friend and he's laying on the steps right now and he's bleeding pretty bad.â
Police have said two men, Robert Glenn Wittmer, 35, of Longmont, - who was arrested Tuesday and is being held on possible charges of being an accessory to murder - and another man whose name has not been released, arrived at the scene and joined in the fight.
The caller told dispatchers the men, "beat him (Sisson) up, they picked up the girls and they left.â
When the dispatcher asked if Sisson was hurt, the man said his friend was bleeding, but apparently never noticed the mortal stab wound.
"I think his right arm is broken,â the caller said.
The caller, whom police described as a transient, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Lewis, the Longmont commander, said the man was among Sisson's inner circle of friends.
He also said the caller's actions Monday night - leaving the fight to phone police - was "prudentâ given the circumstances.
Lewis said the investigation continued Thursday into the hours before and after the stabbing. He said detectives have interviewed the second man who showed up at the fight, but there are "no imminent arrests plannedâ in the case.
On Thursday afternoon, a memorial grew at the corner of Lanyon Park. Sisson's adoptive father, mother, grandmother and other relatives gathered near a pile of photos, cards, candles and a poem dedicated to Sisson.
The family declined comment, but a note left behind read, "Logan Sisson is our angel.â
Contact Camera Staff Writer Heath Urie about this story at 303-473-1328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.