Two stabbed at Nederland campground after dispute over dog

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Police investigate at the scene of a Nederland stabbing involving a group of homeless campers on May 22, 2013.

Police investigate at the scene of a Nederland stabbing involving a group of homeless campers on May 22, 2013.

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Two people were critically wounded after being stabbed by a man they were camping with in Nederland late Wednesday night. Several hours later, police arrested a suspect in Boulder after finding him hiding behind a dumpster.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Department believes all three individuals involved in the incident are homeless. Investigators also believe the stabbing happened after an argument over a dog.

The stabbing was reported at Gordon Gulch Campground, which is five miles off Highway 72, shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Two people at the campground told police they saw a man standing over a man and a woman with stab wounds shortly after hearing screaming.

A dog may have been at the root of the commotion.

“During interviews, detective learned he victims and suspect had been arguing about the suspect’s dog and how aggressive it was towards other dogs in the area,” a sheriff’s office press release read. “At some point, the suspect pulled a knife he had been carrying and stabbed the two victims multiple times.”

The two witnesses transported the stab victims in the back of their pickup truck to the Nederland Police Department a short time later. The victims were then airlifted to Denver Health with life-threatening injuries.

Both were still in critical condition Thursday morning.

The suspect, described as a black man with dreadlocks, was discovered behind a dumpster at 3rd Street and Pearl Street in Boulder around 2:30 a.m. Police said he paid a driver $50 to give him a ride into the city.

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