Thursday, December 7, 2000
Steamboat Springs An arraignment has been set in a Routt County District Court for a 21-year-old man who allegedly stabbed two men, possibly with a knife, Halloween night.
Lucas Ryan Johnson is scheduled to enter a plea to a third-degree assault charge at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in Judge Joel S. Thompson's courtroom. The court proceeding was set Wednesday when Johnson waived a preliminary hearing in Routt County Judge James Garrecht's courtroom.
In addition to setting the court date, Garrecht also allowed Johnson to travel to Germany for the holidays. Johnson's father lives in Germany.
According to a court file, the Colorado Mountain College student allegedly used an unknown object, some witnesses described to police as a 6- to 7-inch knife, as he was fighting with Joseph Few. Few was stabbed in the chest and Christopher Dipietro, who tried to break up the fight, was stabbed three times, the court file shows. The two men were not seriously injured.
The fight started between Johnson and Few at a costume party at 11 p.m. in the 300 block of River Road. The fight started because Johnson apparently was having trouble pouring beer out of a keg, the file shows. Few got frustrated and allegedly punched Johnson in the face, the file shows. The two men then began to fight. Johnson told police he picked up an unknown object off the ground and went at Few, who was being restrained by Dipietro, the file shows.