Men stabbed on Breck’s Main Street
BRECKENRIDGE – A Grand Junction was arrested early Tuesday morning after he allegedly stabbed two locals on Main Street, according to a press release from the police department.Officers arrested Justin Rendell Reid, 30, at about 1 a.m. on South Main Street near the Breckenridge Brewery. He was charged Tuesday afternoon with felony first degree assault, Police Chief Rick Holman said.
The victims, Michael Day, 29, and Justin Knight, 26, both of Breckenridge, were taken to Summit Medical Center, where they underwent surgery, the release said. Day was in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon and Knight had been released, according to hospital spokesperson Cindy Rigot.The incident occurred outside La Cima Mall when Reid allegedly approached Day and the two began arguing. Reid allegedly attacked Day with a knife, stabbing him in the chest. Knight saw his friend on the ground and chased after Reid, who then allegedly attacked Knight as well, stabbing him in the arms and hands. A witness knocked Reid off of Knight during the stabbing, the release said.Breckenridge Police Department spokesperson Crystal Dean said investigators do not believe the men knew each other before the incident.”They truly believe it was unprovoked. That’s what our officers believe at this time,” Dean said, adding that investigators are still interviewing witnesses.Jeff Cox, who owns Cecilia’s bar in La Cima Mall, said he was in the DJ booth inside his bar when one of his security members told him that somebody had been slashed or knifed outside. Cox rushed out and saw the first victim, who was slouched over near the stairs leading to the second level of the mall.Cox said he could see a slash wound around the man’s left pectoral muscle.”He kept repeating, ‘I can’t believe I was stabbed in Breckenridge,'” Cox said.Cox said the bar’s security cameras show that Reid entered the bar at about 12:05 a.m. and drank two Jack Daniels and Cokes in the hour or so he was there. The bartender described him as “polite and generous,” Cox said. The tape showed that Reid was standing behind a local couple at the bar at one point during the night and accused them of cutting in front of him. They bought Reid a drink and the issue ended with smiles and handshakes, Cox said.According to state court records, Reid has been convicted of various crimes in Mesa, Boulder, Clear Creek and Larimer counties since 1995. He has never been convicted of a violent crime.