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Police: Man enraged by loud party stabs 4

By Rana Novini, Anchor/Reporter, r.novini@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:12:16 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 16 2013 08:04:19 PM CDT

Colorado Springs police say a man enraged by a loud party next door stabbed four people Sunday night.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

UPDATE (Wednesday, Oct. 16)

A Fort Carson soldier arrested in connection with Sunday's multiple stabbing incident appeared before an El Paso County judge on Wednesday to hear the charges against him.

Saul Lucas, 23, is accused of four counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of third-degree assault.

The judge set bond at $50,000 and scheduled Lucas' next court date on Oct. 28.

Two soldiers attended the advisement at the Criminal Justice Center.  They confirmed Lucas' status as an active-duty soldier but declined further comment.

PREVIOUS STORY (Monday, Oct. 14)

Colorado Springs police say a man enraged by a loud party next door stabbed four people Sunday night.

The attack was reported at 10:51 p.m. at the Broadmoor Ridge Apartment Homes, in the 3700 block of Westmeadow Drive, near Highway 115 and South Academy Boulevard.

Police say 23-year-old Saul Lucas stabbed one person in the head, one person in the forearm, another in the shoulder and sliced a fourth person's ear. Some witnesses were able to hold Lucas down until officers arrived, police said.  All of the victims are expected to be OK. 

A tenant at the apartment unit told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that he had a few people over at his apartment to watch football.  They didn't know their neighbor was upset with the noise, he said.

"He could have acknowledged us or asked us to turn down the music," Dionicio Martinez said.  "I mean yes, it was kind of loud, but you can't just come over and knock and start stabbing people."

Martinez said he left his apartment shortly before the attack. When he returned, he found out four of his friends had been injured and taken to a hospital.  Blood was everywhere, and some of his furniture was destroyed.

"The man above protected me," Martinez said. "Luckily I wasn't here.  I wasn't in that situation.  So I'm thankful for that.  I'm just glad my buddies are OK and they survived. That's all that matters."

Martinez told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that he had never really spoken to Lucas.  He described him as seeming timid and shy.

"I never really thought this man would come to my door with a trench coat and a knife and try stabbing everybody," Martinez said.  "I guess anything can happen at any time. You never know who lives next to you. You just have to be aware at all times."

Lucas faces charges of attempted murder and related crimes.  He is an active-duty soldier stationed at Fort Carson.

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