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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.


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A knife with a blade longer than 3½ inches is generally not legal to carry, according to state law.

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 urieh@dailycamera.com.

911 TAPE LONGMONT STABBING HOMICIDE

Archived comments

"Robert told dispatchers there was a "big 'ol fight" happening"

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Big ol fight?

2 girl beating down your friend? And you ran away?

Wow, that bathtub crank is making you weak dude.

sidd

4/23/2009 8:49:12 AM

With "friends" like this...

orbison

4/23/2009 8:53:03 AM

Longmont must be a lot bigger than I remember. The response time between the firs and second 911 call can only be explained by the vast geographical area the police have to cover. When seconds count the folks in blue are 5 to 10 minutes away. I hear they have a good supply of chalk though. So short of being ready to defend ones self you can take great comfort and personal pride in knowing that your police department will do a bang up job of investigating your homicide.

biker_joe

4/23/2009 8:53:55 AM

What a horrible thing to say. He did exactly the right thing. If he'd stayed both of them could be dead or the police could have thought he was implicated in some way and arrested him too. His 911 calls could have made the difference between his friend living and dying.

lucylocket

4/23/2009 9:11:05 AM

Is the police department saying it's his friend's fault for not knowing the girls had a knife? Everyone knows if you want the Longmont PD to show up you have to say "naked women." They don't even protect their own.

allisal@hotmail.com

4/23/2009 9:13:38 AM

It seems to me you all are attacking the police and the friend for this death. It is NOT their fault!! The friend did the right thing in calling 911.

This is a sad thing that happened and I hope the 2 girls get the max. Obviously they aren't telling the truth because your story doesn't change if the truth is told. You can REMEMBER the truth......spider web of lies are hard to keep track of.

Hope

4/23/2009 9:21:54 AM

Hang 'em in public. This used to work well to stop crime! We have gotten so soft! These people are pond scum to beat someone who is on the ground. For what? Making passes at a woman? Are you serious? Yup, wipe the Earth of this scum!

nofreebeer@hotmail.com

4/23/2009 9:23:21 AM

There is NO FARKING way this cannot end up on Fark.com!

StalinsBooger

4/23/2009 9:27:52 AM

Calling 911 was the right thing to do.

The other right thing to do was to hang up and stand up for his friend. That might have saved Logan's life.

Sure, you might get hurt protecting your friend, but you got hurt protecting your friend. That's what true friends do. They don't turn their backs and walk away when you need them most.

If you never learned this, I'm sorry for you and for those whom you consider friends.

orbison

4/23/2009 9:38:21 AM

Crip's and Bloods are in Longmont! watch out they have their underground operation and cell phones that that call each other on to keep tabs on hate the propagate.

The1

4/23/2009 9:42:45 AM

Maybe we can waterboard these girls to get the truth out of them.

Sophocles

4/23/2009 9:44:22 AM

for the tough guys talking smack about a 19 year old being afraid - get a life. Women can be pretty hard core and as tough as any guy, not to mention there appeared to be two other guys watching (one that ended up being charged with accessory to 2nd degree murder), so it was 4 against one. But I guess we should call the friend a coward for not going all Rambo on them.

UAN

4/23/2009 10:02:37 AM

"Posted by UAN on April 23, 2009 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

for the tough guys talking smack about a 19 year old being afraid - get a life. Women can be pretty hard core and as tough as any guy, not to mention there appeared to be two other guys watching (one that ended up being charged with accessory to 2nd degree murder), so it was 4 against one. But I guess we should call the friend a coward for not going all Rambo on them."

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It is always easy to pick the weak ones out of the crowd. The reason I am guessing you made the above comment is the fact that you are unable to help your friend if they got into this type of situation.

No one said he had to go, "all Rambo" on them. Just help your friend out. Nothing more.

Now, please go hide your lunch money before it gets taken from you.

StalinsBooger

4/23/2009 10:14:33 AM

I'm sure the friend is in bad enough shape with "if I only.." on his own. He doesn't need people doing if for him here. Also, I don't understand why they let the 4th guy go with no charges. The caller says there are 2 guys beating him. How is this 4th piece of scum off the hook?

This whole story is tragic. As a mom I can't imagine getting a phone call that "your son has been murdered". On the flip side, I can't imagine getting a call "your daughter is a murderer". Ugh..no matter what crud your kids put you through, they are still your kids. The babies you held in your arms and had high hopes for. So sad.

S_S_Mama

4/23/2009 10:20:09 AM

It would be interesting to know how much time elapsed between the initial 911 call and when the police arrived on scene. While police are not responsible for someone beating someone else, it is their responsibility to stop crimes being committed. How many lives have to be lost in Longmont before the police start taking fights seriously?

allisal@hotmail.com

4/23/2009 10:56:32 AM

lucylocket - what if not only his friend helped, but other concerned citizens... or should we all reach for our phones dial 911 then hope for the best.

HowardFineandHoward

4/23/2009 12:22:37 PM

Yes people lets just let other people be responsible for our lives..

"Just call 911â .. ohh it took them 17 minutes to show up.. duhhh.

Some of you guys need to live in an assisted living center with hall monitors and 24hr babysitters.

sidd

4/23/2009 12:33:25 PM

It doesn't appear that 911 sent anyone to the scene of the fight after the first phone call. Why?

BoulderMath

4/23/2009 1:28:53 PM

I'd run from those girls too...

cbuch17

4/23/2009 1:40:40 PM

Just wonderin'.....if the response was faster would the kid still be dead? Last I heard, Longmont still has quality trauma/hospital care.

Has anyone seen anything about how much time elapsed between the time of the first 911 call when the police or EMT's arrived?

JustSayin

4/23/2009 2:52:47 PM

Cops are punks ... they won't show up unless they have someone out numbered 5 to 1.

So if this guy told them "big ol fightâ I am sure they hung out and waited a few blocks away until they could get 4 or 5 cars or more.

Yes this is how our police are trained and work, just "standard procedureâ

You guys who think you can depend on 911 in intense times,, good luck with that.

sidd

4/23/2009 4:42:51 PM

The cops have no legal responsibility to show up. Sometimes they have limited resources and they make a bad decision about who to put on hold.

You can't count on them.

yaakovwatkins

4/23/2009 5:59:27 PM

again with the 'pot' party....? Does this sensationalist label help sell the story or something ? Since there was lots of booze there too, wouldnt this be just a 'party'. I dont get it.

must...tie...it....to...the...pot...somehow.....

Nevermind the fact that it appears she was a serial stabbing psychopath, regardless of whatever 'party' she attended...

JakPott

4/23/2009 7:57:26 PM

so let me understand some of you ..you think if the friend would have help he wouldnt be dead to???yeah right ..read all the facts about this looser broad..she would have stabbed him also.and oh yeah got away with it...

he did the best thing he could which was call 911..only downfall was the operator on other end off phone not doing her job..she needs to be removed from her possition and new person hired..if someone call for help send right away not after he or she calls back after 5 mins..

my heart goes out to logans family...ne one should ever have to bury their kids at this age..

resident

4/23/2009 11:34:38 PM

StalinsBooger..if blaming the friend makes you feel better. I hope your kids never have to go through this same situation. Or maybe I do, so you can see what this young man is going through.

He did the right thing by calling 911. The 911 dispatcher needs to be yanked from her job.

Here is why:

1. She should have dispatched LPD immediately.

2. LPD response time was offically 22 minutes.

3. I know for a fact the LPD will respond within

10 minutes once you tell them that there is

fight of 4:1.

4. LPD decides what calls to responde to first.

I use to work for the them. So I know how they operate. Pretty sad that you get a quicker response time for a naked women running up and down the street for giggles.

But with you using words like arse, makes you feel intelligent then I feel sorry for you and your education.

My heart goes out to the victims family.

buddha5150

4/23/2009 11:59:31 PM

Posted by resident on April 23, 2009 at 11:34 p.m.

Hope you never find yourself in that position, beaten to the ground, looking through a bloody blur as people (friends) walk away, talking on their cell phones. Are they calling 911 or some other friend, "You won't believe what's going down, man"? You'll never know, because someone is stabbing you in the chest and someone else is kicking you in the head, and you are on your own, dying, all alone.

I have nothing against this kid. He'll answer for the choices he's made over time. But you defenders of his inaction? Pathetic.

orbison

4/24/2009 12:20:41 AM

First and Formost, My hart goes out to Logans family and friends. I am sorry that you have lost this special person in your life.

I am saddened by the some of the comments about the friend that was with Logan... Anyone think about what may be going through his head right now. This is something he will relive for the rest of his life. I think he should be thanked for the information he has been willing to share with us about what happened. Young Man, don't listen to all of the garb that is on hear, just stupid people who don't walk in your shoes. Thanks to you, the police have been able to arrest several people and get them off the streets. This is not your fault, you were only in the wrong place at the wrong time, for Logan maybe you were there at the right time, everyone needs to remeber that you were the one that went back to be with him so he wouldn't die along.

Hugs, my heart goes out to you, stay strong!

Longmont_Parent

4/24/2009 12:29:12 AM

orbison

i would rather die knowing that the people who have done this to me pay for their actions then know they are going to get off scott free...

as far as the friend walks away.did you here the tape he was down the street from him..what could he have done but run up to it at the end like he did..if any one is pathetic it is you for your useless comments one this whole event..

resident

4/24/2009 12:36:51 AM

Let me get this correct...

2 girls, and as we can see from the photos meth heads, are beating your male friends arse. And you as a male just called the cops and watched??

Bro's before ho's...?

Major Blue Falcon!!

Remind me to never turn my back on this Chauncey!!

StalinsBooger

4/23/2009 9:26:51 AM

This is still news?

lasergod

4/24/2009 6:48:49 AM

there is something about a person labeling people as worthless while using typos that makes me feel unsafe about them "standing up for what is right"

bouldermeister

4/24/2009 7:13:39 AM

"Posted by buddha5150 on April 23, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

StalinsBooger..if blaming the friend makes you feel better. I hope your kids never have to go through this same situation. Or maybe I do, so you can see what this young man is going through.

He did the right thing by calling 911. The 911 dispatcher needs to be yanked from her job.

Here is why:

1. She should have dispatched LPD immediately.

2. LPD response time was offically 22 minutes.

3. I know for a fact the LPD will respond within

10 minutes once you tell them that there is

fight of 4:1.

4. LPD decides what calls to responde to first.

I use to work for the them. So I know how they operate. Pretty sad that you get a quicker response time for a naked women running up and down the street for giggles.

But with you using words like arse, makes you feel intelligent then I feel sorry for you and your education."

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Well, me and my degrees are OK with you doing that. Also, I have FRIENDS that would come to my aid if needed, rather then let me get killed.

I feel sorry for your family and friends! They now know if they really get in trouble, you would do nothing to help them out. You are a scared weak honor-less POS. You are part of the problem with this Country right now.

You're a complete worthless human being!!!

They Country needs less people like yourself and more people willing to stand up for what is right. Not sit back and have the attitude of, "Let someone else take care of that. I am too special!"

You need a orange triangle on your back.. so we know you are in the area!!

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 7:08:27 AM

"Posted by bouldermeister on April 24, 2009 at 7:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

there is something about a person labeling people as worthless while using typos that makes me feel unsafe about them "standing up for what is right"

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Maybe that is why you have never really done anything with your life. You spend too much time being the, "Grammar Nazi" and not understand what is being said to you.

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 7:18:52 AM

OK... you weak willed people don't like what I said.. so you get it removed?

Well Done, dailycamera! Will you remove the post I was replying too or since that person is obviously from Boulder... will their post stand?

Let us hope that the DC shares its fate with the Rocky Mtn news!!

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 7:26:15 AM

maybe you spend too much time standing up for the wrong thing.

bouldermeister

4/24/2009 7:29:49 AM

"Posted by bouldermeister on April 24, 2009 at 7:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

maybe you spend too much time standing up for the wrong thing."

My friends? What I believe is correct? Someone being beat down and out numbered?

I guess this does not fit in to the liberal Jack Boot Lifestyle expected from someone in Boulder.

Damn glad to say I am FROM Boulder...

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 7:32:20 AM

"Posted by bouldermeister on April 24, 2009 at 7:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

maybe you spend too much time standing up for the wrong thing."

And if you will, Oh Great Enlightened One...

What is the correct thing?

Stand their as my friend is killed?

Your friends must LOVE you!

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 7:33:48 AM

maybe what you believe is correct is wrong.

bouldermeister

4/24/2009 7:34:19 AM

"Stand there"

I will admit to this typo...

Before you go all 3rd Grade Grammar Nazi on me again.

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 7:35:02 AM

btw - it's 'there' not 'their'

bouldermeister

4/24/2009 7:35:48 AM

"Posted by bouldermeister on April 24, 2009 at 7:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

maybe what you believe is correct is wrong."

I am always willing to learn.

Please show me the light!!

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 7:35:49 AM

Beat you by a few seconds... Grammar Nazi!

You know who else really enjoyed correct Grammar?

Do you know who else would not have wanted you to defend yourself, but to call on others to do that for you?

Here you go...

http://www.topnews.in/files/adolf-hitler.jpg

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 7:38:50 AM

No light, huh?

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 7:47:02 AM

AW, gosh, Stalin, you went and dropped the H bomb!

I think we're done here.

orbison

4/24/2009 8:15:10 AM

The "H Bomb" is a stupid arguement... falls inline with the Chewbacca Defense.

But if someone feels I am wrong and is able to produce something, other then person opinion, I would love to listen to it.

I mean... if only there were a place to express your personal opinion about the news articles (without having to bow to the extreme leftest mods) here in the daily crier. That would be something wonderful...

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 8:23:37 AM

Ahhhh... curse your lack of an edit button!!

personal

That was the word I was looking for.

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 8:24:34 AM

Nice, according to the Times Call, the woman throwing the party was arrested on child neglect charges. 'bout time!

S_S_Mama

4/24/2009 8:39:44 AM

StalinsBooger... What's your problem? Get a life man.

lasergod

4/24/2009 8:41:26 AM

Graigslist has a rant section just for you.

lasergod

4/24/2009 8:42:26 AM

"Posted by lasergod on April 24, 2009 at 8:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

StalinsBooger... What's your problem? Get a life man."

Idiots like yourself.

Why do you ask?

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 8:42:48 AM

"Posted by lasergod on April 24, 2009 at 8:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Graigslist has a rant section just for you."

No No... I enjoy making the weak minded wonder why people are having a discussion. Why do you have issue with this? I think you can comment on the comic section, if you feel as if you need to talk like you know what is going on.

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 8:45:44 AM

Stalin - you've wasted 90 sec of my life on your worthless ranting and I want them back.

Get out of your mom's basement and go for a hike or something. It's a nice day out.

BoulderBurnout

4/24/2009 10:32:51 AM

"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. "

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Reminds me of the folks claiming the ricocheted bullets couldn't have been from the guns they were firing. Yeah, right...

UAN

4/24/2009 11:12:06 AM

"Posted by BizzyB on April 24, 2009 at 10:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Stalin - you've wasted 90 sec of my life on your worthless ranting and I want them back.

Get out of your mom's basement and go for a hike or something. It's a nice day out."

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Is this typical for most Boulder posters...?

I mean really, at a minimum, put a justification as to why you do not like my posts.

Why were your 90 secs wasted?

Were offended by what I said? (maybe because you know it applies to you?)

Did you have to think about what I said? Is that what wasted your time?

Maybe you should change your name to DizzyB?

Speakin' of mom's basement... did you put up the leather and toys after your last use? Ma' gets mad when you forget.

StalinsBooger

4/24/2009 3:03:46 PM