Adam Crawford Huber

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Adam Crawford Huber

Suspect in Steamboat library stabbing case speaks from jail

Adam Huber says he has no animosity toward teens involved

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Adam Crawford Huber

— Speaking at the Routt County Jail on Wednesday evening, Adam Huber expressed remorse for the April 4 incident that sent a local teenage boy to the hospital with stab wounds to his hands.

“I think it’s unfortunate that things turned out the way they did … but also I think it brings to light something that may be lacking between adults and children and adolescents in this community,” Huber said.

Huber, 40, has been jailed in lieu of $30,000 bail since he was arrested April 4 after a fight at Bud Werner Memorial Library. According to witnesses, police say Huber was resting in a windowsill above the teen reading area at about 4:30 p.m. when he calmly approached a group of three teenage boys who were being loud, obnoxious and inappropriate on the balcony. At one point, police say, Huber grabbed a teen’s wrist, and the situation escalated when Huber tried to throw the boy over the balcony, witnesses reported. A 14-year-old boy intervened and put Huber in a headlock, according to police. Police say Huber then stabbed him in the hands with a knife. Huber then walked down from the balcony, and library staff met him.

Huber said that on the advice of his lawyer, he would not speak about the incident until trial.

“In there, that would be my opportunity to speak about my side of what happened,” Huber said. “At the time of the incident, and even now, I have no animosity toward anyone or those three boys of any kind. I hope that his hand heals just as it was before.”

Huber is being represented by Routt Coun­ty pub­lic defender Sheryl Uhl­mann. A preliminary hearing for Huber’s second-degree assault charge has been set for 2:30 p.m. May 4, and the mother of the boy who was stabbed said he is expected to recover.

Huber’s appearance has changed from when he was arrested. He used a pair of clippers at the jail to shave his beard and to cut his hair short.

“It just seemed like a good time to take care of it, and it was free,” Huber said.

Huber was reluctant to talk about his past, saying that likely would come out in court, but said he stopped in Steamboat Springs in October after riding his bike here from Hatch, N.M.

“I didn’t know that it was here, and the people here in this town were helpful and willing to give me work and even offered every kind of thing a person could ask for and even things I never thought of,” Huber said.

Huber said Steamboat was different from the other small towns and large cities he had lived in.

According to a records search obtained by the Steamboat Springs Police Department, Huber has been arrested in Oregon, Tennessee, California and Idaho. Police Capt. Joel Rae said Huber was arrested twice on suspicion of disrupting a religious meeting in California. Other arrests were related to stealing train rides and trespassing.

Rae said Steamboat police have had contact with Huber for incidents such as a disturbance at LIFT-UP of Routt County, citizen complaints and lighting a fire in a public park to cook food. Huber does not have any felony convictions, Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle said.

Huber’s supporters have been following the case closely. About 20 people have attended each of his two appearances in Routt County Court. Several of them say they have fed Huber and let him stay in their home. Huber has been involved with several religious organizations in Steamboat, including Sk8 Church, Concordia Lutheran Church and Euzoa Bible Church. Huber said he was born Jewish and late in life he had an epiphany when he saw Jesus as the Messiah.

“From that point on (I) made an effort to change my life to those teachings,” Huber said.

— To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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