What we know about Collin Daniel Richards


A mugshot of Collin Daniel Richards from his Sept. 17 arrest for the murder of ISU student Celia Barquin Arozamena. Richards is being held without bond at the Story County Jail.

K. Rambo

Collin Daniel Richards, arrested for the first-degree murder of Celia Barquín Arozamena, has a violent criminal history, court records reveal. Richards is currently being held on a $5 million cash bond at the Story County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing on Sept. 28.

What we know about the investigation:

  • Richards had been camping near Coldwater Golf Links near the “dead end of South Maple Avenue in the 600 Block.”
  • An acquaintance Richards had camped with alleges the suspect “made a statement to the effect of having an urge to rape and kill a woman.”
  • When the acquaintance, identified in a criminal complaint as “D.B.” first encountered police near the scene, he “made a statement to the effect ‘what did he do to her?’”
  • Police said Barquín Arozamena suffered stab wounds to the upper torso, head and neck. A knife was recovered that had been in the possession of Richards.
  • Richards was in possession of a backpack containing two pairs of shorts that tested positive for blood, police said.
  • Richards was observed to have fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting, and he “attempted to conceal a deep laceration in his left hand, which he attempted to bury in the ground.”
  • Richards was arrested late Monday and booked into the Story County Jail early Tuesday morning.

What we know about Richards’ criminal history:

  • Richards pleaded guilty to first offense first-degree domestic abuse assault in September 2015 from an incident that occurred on May 31, 2015. Richards was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail, one year of probation and $315 fine.
  • Richards pleaded guilty to first-degree harassment in January 2017. Richards was sentenced to completion of an anger management program, two years of probation, a 90-day suspended jail sentence and a $625 fine.
  • Richards pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary and third-degree theft in January 2017 and was given a suspended sentence of two years in prison, two years of probation and a fine of $625.