Police arrest Longmont man in Todd Walker killing | SummitDaily.com

Police arrest Longmont man in Todd Walker killing

This March 18, 2011 photo released by the Boulder Police Department shows twenty-two-year-old Kevin Michael McGregor of Longmont, Colo., who is being held without bail in the death of 20-year-old Todd Walker of Edwards, Colo. (AP Photo/Boulder Police Department)
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BOULDER – Twenty-five hours after Todd Walker was shot to death during what police call a botched robbery near the University of Colorado campus, Boulder police arrested the man they say did it.

Kevin Michael McGregor, 22, of Longmont, is being held without bail on first-degree murder and robbery charges.

Walker’s father, Mark Walker, said Friday that police told him a man was attempting to rob Walker and Elizabeth Roach, a 21-year-old University of Colorado student whom Walker was walking home from a St. Patrick’s Day party around 2 a.m. on Friday.

Walker’s father said Roach pulled a bandanna the attacker was wearing away from his face during a scuffle. The attacker reached into the pocket of his snowboard jacket and pulled out a gun, Walker’s father said.

The attacker fired once into the air, and Walker stepped between him and Roach, asking the attacker to leave them alone, according to Walker’s father. The attacker fired once more, hitting Walker in the chest and heart from point-blank range, about one foot away, Walker’s father said.

The attacker fled without stealing anything, Walker’s father said.

Boulder police arrested McGregor at 3 a.m. Saturday in a sandwich shop where he was working near the university, according to Boulder police chief Mark Beckner.

Tips poured in from the community, said Kim Kobel, spokeswoman for the Boulder Police Department.

“We are very pleased to have quickly identified and removed a dangerous individual from our community. My thanks to all who worked so tirelessly on this case and to the community for all of their assistance,” Beckner said.

Police searched McGregor’s residence, where they found a handgun and an Analog brand snowboard jacket matching Roach’s description of the jacket the attacker was wearing at the time of the shooting, police said.

McGregor faces three felony charges: murder in the first degree, murder in the first degree during the commission of another crime/robbery, and criminal attempt/aggravated robbery.

McGregor is not a University of Colorado student. He was charged in 2008 with robbery, burglary and assault, according to a report from the Colorado Bureau of investigation.

Walker was home on spring break from classes at the University of New Hampshire, where he was a wide receiver on the Wildcats football team.

He had traveled to Boulder on Thursday to spend St. Patrick’s Day with some of his Battle Mountain High School friends who were attending the University of Colorado.

Walker graduated from Battle Mountain in 2008. That class saw more than two dozen former Huskies head to CU for college.

Walker was a 4.0 student, the starting quarterback on the Battle Mountain football team, a track star on the Huskies regional championship team, a hockey star and a lacrosse star.

He is survived by his father and mother, Pam Walker, and an older sister, Stephanie.

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