Steamboat Springs A 37-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend’s 17-year-old son in the arm.
Police said the boy, who was treated and released from Yampa Valley Medical Center, was trying to protect his mother from her boyfriend, Rosarrio Pina, when the boy was stabbed.
Just before 2 a.m., police responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence in Dream Island Plaza and found that the suspect, Pina, had fled the residence after the boy was stabbed.
The boy already had been taken to the hospital in a private vehicle when officers arrived.
About 3 a.m., police found Pina at the Stock Bridge Transit Center suffering from what officers described as self-inflicted knife wounds that were not thought to be life-threatening.
Pina was taken to the hospital for treatment and then arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and menacing.
Police Sgt. Rich Brown said said the attempted murder charge at the time of arrest stems from the investigators’ belief that Pina was trying to harm the mother.
“We believe his intent was to harm the mother,” Brown said.
Brown said Advocates Building Peaceful Communities was working with the victims of the assault.
Pina made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
His bond was set at $20,000, and a restraining order was issued against him.
The Routt County District Attorney’s Office had not filed any formal charges against Pina as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Pina is scheduled to make his next court appearance March 5.
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