Crime

Gang attack in Colorado Springs?: 10-15 men in gold Cadillacs bum-rush house, stab 44-year-old

Early Sunday morning in Colorado Springs, between ten and fifteen men jumped out of four cars (including two gold Cadillacs), invaded a home and stabbed the occupant, a 44-year-old man.

It's a scenario that screams "gang violence" -- and while the Colorado Springs Police Department isn't confirming that yet, officers certainly aren't dismissing the possibility.

"That's always somewhat of a suspicion when you have that many people involved at one time," says Lieutenant Pat Rigdon, a shift lieutenant for the CSPD's Gold Hill division, whose boundaries encompass the attack locale. "But we don't have anything at this point that would lead us to a particular gang or to say for sure that's what it was."

When asked about the general level of gang activity in Colorado Springs at present, Rigdon says, "It's fairly isolated. We'll go for a while and won't have any problems, and then we'll see a little rash of potentially gang-related crimes.

"Mostly, the kind of gang violence we see is gang on gang, not your average citizen being targeted. And a lot of it seems to be narcotics-related -- not so much your turf-battle-type stuff."

At this point, the descriptions of the vehicles in the case are better than those involving actual suspects. Get more information from the CSPD release below, and check out an interactive graphic of the 1400 block of Keith Drive, where the incident took place; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

Date: August 15, 2010 Time: 1:33 a.m. Location: 1400 block of Keith Drive

Summary: On 08/15/10 at approximately 1:33AM, officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Keith Dr regarding a home invasion that had just occurred. The suspects had left the scene after stabbing a 44 year old male in the residence.

When officers arrived, several people were contacted at the residence; as well as the stabbing victim. The witnesses and the victim said the suspects threw a rock through the front window before pounding on the door. When the victim answered the door, 10 to 15 males pushed their way into the house assaulting and then stabbing the victim. The suspects then left the area in several vehicles.

The victim was stabbed once in the back. He was treated and released at Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

The only suspect descriptions given were they were hispanic and white males. The suspect vehicle descriptions include a newer gold Cadillac sedan with rims; a gold Cadillac Escalade (truck model) with rims; a dark over white Buick 2 door; and a gray Jeep Cherokee.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 634-STOP or the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000.


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