Series of assaults leaves one dead, three injured in Pueblo


PUEBLO, Colo. — A suspect has been arrested after a series of assaults left one person dead and three others injured overnight, according to police.

Pueblo County Coroner identified the man killed in the violent rampage Tuesday night as 63-year-old Donald Ritchie of Pueblo.

Police said the first assault happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Spruce Street about two blocks from Bessemer Park. A man assaulted another person with an axe, according to police. The victim was injured but refused medical treatment.

Then, around 8:15 p.m., officers got a call about a man with a weapon on Lake Avenue, about nine blocks away from the first assault. The victim told police a man had tried to stab him at his doorway. The victim’s cell phone had prevented any penetrating injuries, according to police.

Then, around 8:28 p.m., police got a call about a disturbance in the same area of Spruce Street as the first assault. When they arrived, neighbors were holding the suspect down on the ground, according to police. Police said the neighbors had intervened to stop a violent assault on a 75-year-old man in a wheelchair. The victim was treated on the scene.

While officers were investigating the third assault, a neighbor approached and told them she had found a man dead in her yard several houses up the street. The victim had sustained injuries, according to police. He was later identified as Ritchie.

Police investigate a homicide in Pueblo Wednesday morning. / Mike Duran - FOX21 News
Police investigate a homicide in Pueblo Wednesday morning. / Mike Duran – FOX21 News

Police believe the same suspect, a 34-year-old man, was involved in all four crimes. He had stopped breathing when officers arrived at the third scene, according to police. He is in serious condition at the hospital.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, is facing three charges of attempted murder and is also a suspect in the homicide, according to police.

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