Deputies: Neighbors attack stabbing suspect with garden equipment

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WELD COUNTY, Colo. -- Sheriff's deputies in Weld County say a woman who was nearly stabbed to death was saved by a group neighbors armed with garden equipment.

Those neighbors held the suspect down until deputies arrived.

The victim was airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center early Sunday, according to the Weld County Sheriff's Office.

As of late Sunday, detectives were still on scene going through evidence and interviewing witnesses.

"There was just a lot of emergency vehicles running up and down the road for 30 minutes to an hour," neighbor Dan Gibson said.

Deputies found a woman stabbed multiple times on a large piece of land with a trailer, campers and tents. Neighbors describe the area as an encampment.

"We just noticed here in the summer that more and more people were down there and we really didn't know what was going on," Gibson said.

Investigators are still trying to sort out the mysterious living situation, where residents banded together to attack the alleged stabbing suspect with garden equipment.

Detectives used their mobile command center to help process the scene. They started their work shortly after 8:30 a.m. Sunday and continued into the evening.

"When you see stuff like that happen, you kind of start to wonder what's going on," Gibson said.

Aerial footage captured images of the encampment along County Road 47, about three miles south of Hudson. The land is between two houses.

People living in the area said this is not the first time the campers have caused problems. The victim and suspect are expected to survive.

Deputies said they plan to release more information on their investigation on Monday.

The suspect, 41-year-old Johnny Cordova, will be transported to the Weld County Jail after his release from Denver Health, according to authorities. Cordova has not yet been formally charged.

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