Fight outside liquor store led to Glenwood stabbing
A fight between two groups of men hanging out early Sunday near a closed liquor store just north of the Grand Avenue Bridge resulted in two of the men being stabbed, Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said Monday.
The wounds were not life-threatening, Wilson said, though one man was stabbed in the torso and the chief said he would not characterize the injury as minor.
Glenwood Springs police on Sunday asked the public’s help in getting information about the incident, which occurred near the intersection of Sixth Street and Grand Avenue. Police included a surveillance image of the suspect, who police said may be from El Salvador.
The suspect remained at large Monday morning.
Wilson said a group of four men were gathered in the area when two other men walked by. The group of four was composed of men of Mexican descent who later told police that they thought the two Salvadorans walking by made disparaging remarks about their heritage.
A fight broke out, with one of the passersby pulling a knife. When the rumble ended, two of the men in the group of four realized they’d been stabbed.
“You’d be surprised how often that happens,” Wilson said. “The adrenaline stops and they see blood” as the first indication of a stab wound.
The victims, 37 and 38 years old, went to the hospital, which is required to report such incidents to police, who might not otherwise have learned of the fight, Wilson said.
He said police recovered what they believe is the blade of the large cooking knife used in the attack, which apparently broke off at the handle.
Violent incidents in downtown Glenwood Springs are rare, despite rising concerns this summer about an influx of vagrants and an increase in felony reports throughout the community. Wilson said the town typically sees one or two violent crimes in the downtown area per year.
Like most such crimes, Sunday’s was “kind of like a bar fight,” Wilson said. “If you aren’t in the bar, you don’t have reason to be concerned” about the people involved.
“If you aren’t hanging out at 12:30 at night in front of a closed liquor store,” your risk is lowered, Wilson said.
Police ask anyone with information to call the department at 970-384-6500, to submit a tip via http://glenwoodpolice.com/crime-tips/ or call Garfield County CrimeStoppers at 970-945-0101.
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