Man stabbed several times defending family during Golden home invasion

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- A man was stabbed during a home invasion on Monday night after three suspects made their way into the wrong house where they were expecting to find cash and drugs, the Golden Police Department said.

A husband and wife heard a knock on the door of their home in the 1900 block of Washington Avenue just before 9 p.m. When the woman answered, three young white masked men, armed with possibly a baton and a knife, forced their way inside.

The husband quickly came to his wife's aid and grabbed a knife from the kitchen, stabbing one of the suspects.

The woman was able run to a neighbor's home to call 911 and police arrived within three minutes. She was not injured. Two children were in the basement during the invasion and were not injured, police said.

"We heard our neighbor screaming so we ran out the door," a neighbor said. ... We all ran back across the street. Our neighbor pinned down the suspect in the living room. My buddy Justin, he helped our neighbor put a tourniquet over his arm because he was bleeding horribly ... and then Justin and I went downstairs to make sure the kids were alright and stayed with them when the cops showed up and tried to sort everything out.

"I've never heard anybody scream like that. When you hear that, you know something's wrong, for sure."

The husband, who is a middle school teacher as is his wife, suffered multiple stab wounds, including to his kidney and other lacerations, as well as a punctured lung. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition and into surgery, but he is expected to survive.

One of the suspects, a 21-year-old man, also suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken to a hospital. His condition is not known. He told police the three were expecting to find $10,000 and drugs at the home, but they went to the wrong location.

The two other suspects fled the scene. A perimeter was set up while officers and the Jefferson County Combined SWAT team conducted a search for suspects, described as having thin builds, and wearing dark clothing and possibly bandanas covering their faces.

A Code Red notification was sent to homes and businesses in a 10-block radius alerting residents of the search and for anyone to call 911 to report any suspicious activity.

At midnight, a second notification was sent, saying police were still searching for the suspects. A final notification was sent at 1:40 a.m. to alert residents that the search had been halted and the suspects had not been found.

On Tuesday morning, police said one of the suspects, a 17-year-old boy, had been apprehended and the third suspect, an adult male, had been identified but was still being sought. Police are also looking for a female suspect who might have been the driver of the getaway vehicle.

"You know you'd never expect anything like that to happen in this neighborhood," the neighbor said. "I've lived here for two years. ... It's always been really quiet around here. I've lived in Golden for 10 years and never heard of anything like this happening.

"It's just like ... really kind of in shock over it."