Male Arrested in Business Robbery and Assault of Boulder Police Officer

Posted on 01/26/2021 at 07:03 PM

Boulder Police officers arrested a man today in connection with the robbery of a business and assault of a police officer.

At approximately 11:20 a.m., officers were called to a business in the 1600 block of 28th Street after an employee found a man in the back of the business holding a handful of items from the store. The male suspect had a pipe in his hand.

Officers arrived within minutes and stopped the suspect. During the encounter, the suspect was uncooperative and struck an officer in the head with a snow shovel. He then took the officer’s Taser and struck the officer in the head with it. 

The officer was taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. The suspect was also taken to the hospital for a medical clearance and released to be transported to the jail.

The suspect has been identified as Burgess J. Tate, 34, and he will be charged with aggravated robbery, two counts of first degree assault on a peace officer, and disarming a peace officer, all felonies. 

This investigation remains ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have any information is asked to call Detective Frey at 303-441-3369 reference case 21-7090. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at

All suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.