Juvenile arrested in stabbing; Steamboat police, prosecutors remain tight-lipped on incident

Steamboat Springs police have arrested a juvenile in connection with a stabbing that occurred in the early morning hours Tuesday, but authorities declined to release further information Thursday afternoon because the suspect is a minor.

In a Thursday news release, a spokesperson for the city said Steamboat police responded to a home in the 1500 block of Mark Twain Court in the Fairway Meadows subdivision early Tuesday morning after dispatchers relayed officers a 911 call “regarding an occupant of a home who was stabbed by an unknown assailant.”

The release said the victim was the only person in the house at the time and was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for treatment of severe injuries sustained during the attack. The release said police were able to quickly identify a suspect and made an arrest “a few hours later.”

The stabbing resulted in the victim being airlifted Wednesday to a Front Range hospital. On Thursday, officials said the victim was in stable condition, but declined to release further information.

A handful of residents reported the stabbing to the newspaper Thursday morning, though some of the reports were laced with rumors and inaccuracies.

“I think a lot of it, honestly, is fake news,” Chief of Police Mark Beckett said in response to rumors circulating in the community. “It was a super-serious incident but, I mean, we had it contained, solved and resolved within 12 hours. I am not sure why it is generating the footprint that it is.”

Beckett said police believe the incident resulted from an attempted burglary by a juvenile at a residence where a housesitter was staying. Beckett said the housesitter, and not a homeowner, was the individual injured in the stabbing.

“The person watching the house confronted the subject and was stabbed, called 911 … the suspect fled, and we had that individual identified pretty quickly,” Beckett said. “The victim sustained serious injuries and is stable at this time. The suspect, I think, we arrested him early afternoon … around 1 p.m.”

A Steamboat police sergeant confirmed Thursday that a juvenile was arrested at a location in the 3300 block of Columbine Drive just after 1 p.m. Tuesday in connection to the stabbing.

In response to a public records request related to the arrest, a Steamboat Springs Police Department records supervisor said the department would be “denying (the) request for a copy of the (arrest report) because release would be contrary to public interest.”

“This case is an active investigation and release could jeopardize the integrity of an ongoing investigation and prosecution assessment,” the supervisor said.

The juvenile involved in the case appeared in a Routt County Court this week along with his parents. A clerk’s office denied a request for court documents involved in the case, so the outcome of the appearance is unknown.

According to police, the juvenile is being held at a facility in Grand Junction.

Joseph Bucci with the Colorado 14th Judicial District Attorney’s office is the prosecutor assigned to the case. Bucci did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

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