A man was stabbed at a Colorado Springs apartment complex late Tuesday morning, apparently after a struggle during an attempted burglary.
The man has been identified as 33-year-old Corey Mosely. Mosely is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries on Wednesday morning, police said. Once he is released he will be charged with 1st degree burglary and attempted aggravated robbery.
Colorado Springs police responded to a burglary-in-progress call just before noon at the Park Meadows apartment complex in the 900 block of Mt. Werner Circle, in the Southgate neighborhood.
Police said that Mosely entered an apartment unit with a gun in hand. There were three adults and one child inside the unit at the time. The unit's door was open when Mosely entered.
Robert Lewis, 20, and his wife, Jasmin Coblentz, 21, said they were inside with Lewis' older brother and the couple's three-year-old niece when the gunman entered and a struggle ensued. The couple said the brother was assaulted and the niece was kicked in the face during the struggle, but weren't seriously hurt.
That's when Coblentz said she stabbed the gunman.
"I tried to hit him but it wasn't doing any good," she said. "So I did what I could, just to prevent the gun from going off. I went over to my kitchen, and grabbed a small kitchen knife. The gun was loaded. Luckily, he wasn't very smart and had the safety on, we found out afterward. I don't know if he came to rob us, or to kill us."
"After we got him under control, (the gunman) said he would tell me who it was exactly that set me up for the burglary," said Lewis. "I'm a medical marijuana patient, maybe that's what he wanted."
Police said Mosely ran out of the apartment but collapsed on the ground nearby. He was transported to Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition Tuesday night.
A neighbor said he saw the gunman stumbling in the parking lot.
"He had the back of his shirt full of blood," said Enrique Contreras. "The guy was screaming for help."
Lewis said the same man robbed him at the apartment three months ago, taking a wallet and cash. Coblentz said she wasn't there at the time.
"I told myself if this ever happened to me, I wasn't going to be the person who stood by and did nothing," she said. "I just hope (the gunman) doesn't die. I don't want to be responsible for taking anyone's life."
Lewis was less apologetic.
"Hey, don't rob me," he said. "Sorry. I did what I had to do, to get him away from me."
The couple said they plan to move out of the complex and find another home.
If anyone has any information about this case, you are asked to call police at 719-444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867).