Charges filed against man accused of cutting his stepson during fight in Dream Island
February 27, 2014
Steamboat Springs — The Routt County District Attorney’s office has filed formal charges against the Steamboat Springs man suspected of cutting his 17-year-old stepson in the arm during a fight in Dream Island Plaza.
Rosarrio Pina has been charged with attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and menacing.
Investigators think that Pina was trying to harm his wife with a kitchen knife when the stepson intervened just before 2 a.m.
According to an arrest affidavit for Pina filed in Routt County Court, alcohol and loud music Wednesday morning led to the fight.
Pina started arguing with his wife, Yesena Escobedo, when she asked him to turn down loud music, according to their son who was cut.
"Rosarrio had been drinking beer and was intoxicated," the son told police through an interpreter. "The (son) heard the yelling and heard Rosarrio yelling that he was going to kill Yesena and then kill himself."
Pina then started taking “several slashing swings” at Escobedo with a kitchen knife, their son told police.
According to the arrest report, the son then tried to get between Pina and his mother, and he was cut by Pina in the forearm as he was trying to save her.
The boy said that after he was cut, Pina "stopped attacking and stepped back and then stabbed himself in the leg several times."
The boy’s uncle then arrived at the trailer and convinced Pina to give him the knife.
The family member took the victims across the street to another trailer, and the boy was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center where he was treated and released.
Pina left the scene before Steamboat Springs Police officers arrived, and his family members thought he was hiding under a bridge near Dream Island.
He was found at about 3 a.m. at the Stock Bridge Transit Center and taken to the hospital to be treated for his stab wounds.
Officers then arrested him on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault and menacing.
"Due to the fact that Rosarrio did not speak any English, Rosarrio was not asked any questions nor did he make any comments while at the ER," an officer wrote in the arrest report.
Police originally described Escobedo as Rosarrio’s girlfriend but learned of their marriage through later interviews with the victims.
Pina made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
A restraining order was issued against him, and his bond was set at $20,000.
Pina had not posted his bond as of Thursday morning, according to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.