Hearing set in stabbing case

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A man accused of stabbing a Yampa resident three times appeared in court Wednesday and asked that his bond be reduced from $100,000.

Christopher Padilla, 32, of Yampa, is being charged with first-degree assault, a Class 3 felony, on charges of stabbing Charles Porteus, 29, on Sunday evening outside the Royal Hotel in Yampa.

Padilla appeared Wednesday in Routt County Court for a status hearing. In addition to scheduling a preliminary hearing for July 21, a bond-reduction hearing was set for July 14.

About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Porteus reportedly was stabbed three times in the torso area and was taken by ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center. The doctor who treated him classified his wounds as serious bodily injury, Routt County Sheriff Lt. Richard Wood said. The man is expected to fully recover and had resumed work by Tuesday, Wood said.

The stabbing reportedly occurred during a fight among Padilla, Porteus and several others outside the hotel. Padilla was arrested about one hour later after a standoff with deputies in a nearby residence.

Witnesses said Padilla and a companion entered the hotel bar and an argument broke out, according to police reports. The group, which included Padilla and Porteus, left the bar and started fighting outside. An off-duty reserve police officer from Ault, Dave Miller, observed the fight and noticed Porteus walk away from the fight holding his side, which was bleeding.

Miller asked Porteus who stabbed him, and Porteus pointed to Padilla, according to police reports.

He noticed that Padilla was holding a knife and had blood on his hands, so Miller retrieved his handgun and handcuffs from his car. He attempted to arrest Padilla, but another person on the scene pushed Miller out of the way claiming that Miller didn't have jurisdiction in Routt County, the police report stated. Padilla then reportedly ran to his home on Lincoln Avenue.

Shortly after, deputies surrounded the house where they heard people yelling inside and a child crying, according to police reports.

Dispatchers, who were on the phone with people in the house, including Padilla's mother, said the people in the house were hysterical and were trying to convince Padilla to calm down and leave the house.

Wood convinced Padilla to leave the house and took him into custody at 12:41 a.m. Monday.

When arrested, Padilla had cuts on his left hand and a cut on the back of his left leg. His wounds were treated at the hospital, and he was brought to the Routt County Jail early Monday.

Deputy Michael Murphy reported that Padilla made a series of statements en route to the hospital and jail. Padilla reportedly denied stabbing Porteus and said that "he was just hanging out at the bar, and all of a sudden a bunch of white guys tried to beat (him up)."

The victim told deputies that he did not know Padilla, but said he had been in a fight with two Hispanic men and that it was the smaller of the two who stabbed him.

Authorities suspect that alcohol was involved in the incident, Wood said.

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