DENVER (KDVR) — An employee of the Denver Rescue Mission was stabbed to death outside the homeless shelter on Saturday night by a 22-year-old man who was not allowed at the facility, the Denver Police Department said.
Police tweeted the stabbing in the 4600 block of E. 48th Avenue at 9:10 p.m. and said a male was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Just before 11 a.m. on Sunday, police said the victim died and DPD was investigating the homicide. The victim was later identified as 30-year-old Fabian Olguin.
The arrest affidavit for Christopher Christian, 22, said he stayed at the homeless shelter on Friday night and was asked to leave after a fight with another resident. He was not to return to the facility for 30 days.
Witnesses told police the victim was not involved in Christian’s previous altercation with another person.
According to the affidavit, a witness told police they saw Christian walk toward the victim and possibly pull out a knife. When the victim and another person were getting into a car, Christian passed them in the parking lot, turned around, and Christian and the victim had “words.”
The witness told police Christian was holding his backpack in front of him and the victim grabbed it which started a fight between them. The victim picked up the backpack when Christian came at him and the two continued fighting, the document said. The witness told police Christian stabbed the victim, grabbed the bag and fled.
The Denver Department of Housing Stability provided this statement to FOX31 regarding the incident:
The Denver Department of Housing Stability (HOST) is deeply saddened and stand ready to support our provider partners at Denver Rescue Mission after the tragic death of a staff member outside of the 4600 E. 48th Ave. men’s shelter last night. Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and colleagues – in this shelter and others – who are grappling with the aftermath of this senseless violence and the loss of a loved one.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.