UCCS shooting: Arrest papers show suspect had history of complaints, issued threat

(COLORADO SPRINGS) — 25-year-old Nicholas Jordan, the suspect arrested in connection to a double homicide at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) on Friday, Feb. 16, had filed an electronic request to be withdrawn from classes and housing at UCCS the day prior to the shooting, according to arrest papers released on Friday, Feb. 23.

Nicholas Jordan
Courtesy: Colorado Springs Police Department, photo is of Nicholas Jordan

Roommate recounts reporting dorm shooting

On the day of the shooting, according to the affidavit, a 21-year-old roommate of the suspect, and one of the victims, 24-year-old Samuel Knopp, was in his room with the door locked when he “was woke to the sound of gunshots and the immediate sound of a person moaning.” The roommate called UCCS Police around 6 a.m. to report the shooting at the Crestone House in his POD, #108.

Arrest affidavit for Nicholas Jordan
Courtesy: The photo shows a view above Crestone House and where POD #108 is located, and was provided in the arrest affidavit.
Arrest affidavit for Nicholas Jordan
Arrest affidavit for Nicholas Jordan

When officers arrived, they accessed POD 108, which consists of a common area and four bedrooms. In Room A, they found Knopp and the other victim, 26-year-old Celie Montgomery, with “multiple penetrating injuries to the torsos consistent with gunshot wounds.”

Officers identify victims, call CSPD for help

Officers were able to identify Knopp by a record and photograph in Room A, but according to the arrest affidavit, “Officers were not aware of any associated females with Knopp,” and Montgomery was later identified by a “fingerprint scan on scene.”

Officers exited the dorm with the reporting roommate from Room B, who said he believed “Jordan vacated Room C recently as there were significant issues and complaints of Jordan’s smoking marijuana, cigarettes and his living area cleanliness to UCCS Police and UCCS Housing.”

UCCS Police called the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) to respond and assist with the investigation. When officers arrived, they found no forced entry to the POD front entry door or the individual rooms.

Officers also “noted that Rooms C and D appeared vacant of all personnel belongings.”

Roommate describes history of complaints, threat made by suspect

According to arrest documents, just over 14 hours before the shooting, “Jordan filed an electronic request to be withdrawn from classes and housing on Feb. 15, 2024, at 3:12 p.m.” The reporting roommate, who agreed to speak with CSPD detectives, went on to describe several other interactions with Jordan between himself and Knopp.

The roommate explained, “There had been multiple instances that Knopp and [himself] had to report Jordan for unsafe living conditions and smoking in the room.” This report also matched multiple records “provided to Detectives from UCCS police and UCCS Housing of documented complaints and contacts with Jordan,” according to arrest papers.

Arrest affidavit: Jordan threatened Knopp over trash incident

Another instance in January, described by the roommate, recounted an argument between Knopp and Jordan over a bag of trash that Knopp collected and placed near Jordan’s door.

The roommate said “Jordan threatened Knopp and told him that he would “Kill Him” and there would be consequences if Jordan was asked to take out the trash again.” This interaction “was confirmed by UCCS Police and Housing documents of contact with residents of POD 108 on Jan. 9, 2024.”

Crestone House and where POD #108 is located

Arrest affidavit for Nicholas Jordan
Arrest affidavit for Nicholas Jordan

The arrest affidavit went on to describe the Crestone House as having four main entrance doors, each with a locked electronic access reader to allow entry. UCCS Police printed the log for Friday, which showed Jordan accessed the building on the East Door at 3:53 a.m. and again at 5:42 a.m.

“POD 108 is located on the first floor of the building and is the first POD accessible from the east side entry doors,” detailed the arrest affidavit. “No other persons accessed the east door overnight.” UCCS Police also detailed to detectives that the only POD door key not accounted for on scene was the key issued to Jordan.

CSPD camera tracks suspect’s steps the morning of double homicide

On Friday, CSPD obtained video through a camera that is “inconspicuous and only known to CSPD personnel,” and shows the north side of the Crestone House and the exterior side of POD 108.

In the video, CSPD spotted someone in dark clothing walking toward the east entry door of the Crestone House at 5:41 a.m. on Friday which matched the log for when Jordan accessed the building just a minute later at 5:42 a.m.

Arrest affidavit for Nicholas Jordan
Courtesy: The photo is from a video accessed by CSPD through cameras on the north side of the Crestone House taken at 5:41 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 of someone in dark clothing (circled above) walking toward the east entrance. The photo was taken from the arrest affidavit.

About 15 minutes later “at 5:56 a.m. a person in dark clothing is observed running out of the east entrance and along the northeast side of the adjacent dormitory buildings.”

Arrest affidavit for Nicholas Jordan
Courtesy: The photo is from a video accessed by CSPD through cameras on the north side of the Crestone House taken at 5:56 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 of someone in dark clothing (circled above) running out of the east entrance. The photo was taken from the arrest affidavit.

Arrest papers go on to detail a small access road known to those living in the dorms and “accessible to this person fleeing this area,” adding “It is believed the subject running would have parked in the area to the north to avoid observation in known cameras,” which are to the southwest of the dorm in the parking garage.

Arrest papers detail January stop of Jordan’s vehicle

Jordan’s vehicle was identified by CSPD after recent records showed he was pulled over on Jan. 20 at Garden of the Gods near I-25 in a black 2009 Ford Escape SUV for an illegal U-Turn. According to the records, Jordan admitted to purchasing the vehicle that day in Colorado Springs, confirmed his address at UCCS, and provided a Michigan driver’s license.

License plate reader cameras capture a vehicle, identified as the same one Nicholas Jordan was pulled over in on Jan. 20, 2024, traveling south on Corporate Drive near the Comfort Inn Motel on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 at 7:47 a.m.
License plate reader cameras capture a vehicle, identified as the same one Nicholas Jordan was pulled over in on Jan. 20, 2024, traveling south on Corporate Drive near the Comfort Inn Motel on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 at 7:47 a.m.

On Friday at 7:47 a.m. detectives located the vehicle through license plate reader cameras and saw it traveling south on Corporate Drive near the Comfort Inn Motel. On Monday morning, Feb. 19, officers with the Tactical Enforcement Unit arrested Jordan without incident on two counts of First-Degree Murder in the deaths of Knopp and Montgomery.

Jordan’s next court appearance and bond amount

On Friday, Feb. 23, a preliminary hearing date for Jordan was set for March 27 at 9 a.m. with a status conference on March 15 at 11 a.m.

Jordan is being held at the El Paso County Jail on a $5 million bond.

FOX21 News reached out to UCCS for comment on statements made in the arrest affidavit, to which Chris Valentine, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications at UCCS responded, “Due to the ongoing investigation and FERPA regulations, we are unable to provide any additional information about the people involved in this incident.”

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