Update: Last week, we told you about a stabbing in Longmont — the fourth during a two-week span in the community — over a Facebook exchange. See our previous coverage below.
Now, two men have been arrested for the crime — David Dominguez and Mitchell Mailand.
In addition, the victim, Justin Romero, has come forward to say the attack took place in front of his wife and children.
As we've reported, the incident took place at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at 333 23rd Avenue, a townhouse complex in Longmont.
Romero told 9News that he barely knew Mailand when the two of them got into a dust-up over Facebook that the station describes as a "family dispute."
In Romero's words, "The whole time, I know this sounds stupid, but I was joking about it,. Not joking, but making a joke of it."
Mailand apparently didn't think the online conversation was particularly funny.
His own Facebook page includes a photo that suggests a softer side....
...but his current profile pic projects a darker image:
He also has a lengthy criminal history marked by arrests for felony assault and domestic violence, according to 7News.
In addition, Mailand's ex-wife told the station that she left Colorado over ten years ago mainly to get away from him. She says that he choked her, among other things.
When Mailand allegedly showed up at Romero's Longmont door, he wasn't alone.
Accompanying him one one of his Facebook friends, David Dominguez, Longmont police believe.
Dominguez's nickname on the social network is "Lil Pimpeasy."
His Facebook gallery includes the image at the top of this post, as well as this casual pose....
...and a weirder image:
Upon the arrival of Mailand and Dominguez, Romero says he and the former got into a physical confrontation.
During it, he maintains that the latter stabbed him four times as his wife and children looked on.
Afterward, Romero's wife says Dominguez walked into the home with a knife in hand before he and Mailand fled.
Romero was badly injured in the melee, as can be seen in this image:
Mailand reportedly turned himself in to authorities in Aurora on Saturday evening, March 28.
At 3 a.m. the next morning, Dominguez is said to have been taken into custody.
Meanwhile, Romero says he now understands that Facebook disputes can turn into the real thing. During his 9News interview, he says, "I see my fault in the whole thing. I've learned my lesson, and I don't want to be that hard-headed person anymore."
Look below to see booking photos of Mailand and Romero, as well as a 7News report about the arrests. They're followed by our previous coverage.
Longmont Police Department
Longmont Police Department
Original oost, 8:50 a.m. March 27: Stabbings in Longmont have become frighteningly commonplace of late.
Two men in the Denver area are being sought at this writing for the latest incident, which took place on the evening of Wednesday, March 25.
The attack was at least the fourth stabbing in Longmont in less than two weeks.
At approximately 9 p.m. on the 25th, according to the Longmont Police Department, police officers and fire department personnel were dispatched to 333 23rd Avenue, a location captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
There, they found a 25-year-old man who'd been stabbed four times during what the LPD describes as "a disturbance escalating over Facebook postings."
9News reports that the items in question were Facebook Messenger posts "about a girl."
As for the weapon, a witness who spoke to CBS4 says it wasn't a knife. One man "had a phone and he bashed the phone onto our car to make it into a, like, a type of shank, and he shanked the other guy," the witness told the station.
Two suspects were immediately on the cops' radar: a 29-year-old man from the Denver area (specifically Lakewood) and an unknown companion, described only as being Hispanic. They allegedly drove to the victim's apartment to confront him, and things got bloody. Afterward, they fled.
The stabbing victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
When we spoke yesterday with Commander Jeff Satur, spokesperson for the Longmont Police Department, he expected an arrest or arrests shortly. But no announcement about that has been made at this writing, with the Longmont Times-Call saying the cops were waiting for a search warrant to be issued.
The paper also notes the three stabbings in Longmont that preceded this one in March.
The first reportedly took place on March 14 and involved Vince Hernandez, who's accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck during an argument. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Then came two other incidents about which we've reported. On March 17, Omar Martinez stabbed his parents, killing his father and critically injuring his mother, before taking his own life. And on March 18, Dynel Lane allegedly cut Michelle Wilkins's unborn baby from her womb.
After the attack on Wilkins, Mike Butler, Longmont's Public Safety Chief, wrote an open letter to a community shaken by the recent crimes, and his words certainly apply to the latest stabbing as well. Read the letter in its entirety after a CBS4 report about the Facebook-related assault.
Mike Butler letter:
To the Residents of Longmont:
Our community experienced two horrific tragedies in the last couple of days. Three family’s lives and those of their friends were devastated. Our community’s senses were shocked as unimaginable and unforgettable similar but singular circumstances unfolded within hours of each other. People from all over our community are questioning why these tragedies occurred and are saddened and scared about what happened.
On behalf of our entire Public Safety team, I want to extend our sincerest and heartfelt condolences to the families impacted by these tragedies. Please know with certainty that our community will support you in any and all ways possible. You are a part of us and you belong with us in our community. While there will be caring people who reach out to help you, never hesitate to ask for what you need. I can assure you our community will be there for you.
No doubt, our community will be in pain for a while. Now is the time to come together, to say a prayer, to light a candle, to connect with others who are experiencing the pain of loss, or to do what you might do to bring healing to our community. Our community has a strong sense of belonging. We all want to feel the abundance our community has to offer. We all wish for a strong social fabric and we know our community is remarkable in its resiliency. And the more we can gather and support each other, the more we all feel a sense of belonging and the more we can begin to heal our wounded-ness.
I know each and every person who serves in Longmont Public Safety (Fire, Police, Office of Emergency Management, 9-1-1 Longmont Emergency Communications Center). During response and follow-through to these tragedies, I was in awe of how our people cared for others who are in deep pain, how our personnel skillfully performed their assignments and how everyone supported and watched out for each other. I can only express my deepest gratitude to those people who chose this profession knowing its dangers and exposures that can wear and tear on our souls and psyches.
I have lived in our community for many years. I know, firsthand, the nature of our goodness which is so plentiful and in our midst. I know of the gifts of many, many people. I know of the spirit of care and kindness that either randomly or with intention is so alive and well. I know of the humanity that plays out every day amongst and between people everywhere in our community. I have personally walked numerous neighborhoods in the last year and have experienced the warmth of our residents. And while these two dark acts are real and with us, we do live in a safe community and a community that overflows with grace and graciousness.
A gathering is being planned for residents to come together and aid in our healing. We urge anyone that lives in Boulder County and are having difficulty dealing with the emotional impact of recent events to call the Boulder County Mental Health Center (open 24-hours a day) at (303) 447-1665, you may also walk into the clinic (open 24-hours a day) at 1000 Alpine Avenue in Boulder. For others located in Colorado, you may call the Colorado State Crisis Line at 1-844-493-8255.
Mike Butler, City of Longmont, Longmont Public Safety Chief
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