Stabbing suspect arrested after hourslong standoff at Pueblo apartment

Jesse Murphy Pueblo County Sheriff's Office

A man accused of stabbing a woman in Pueblo West overnight was arrested after an hourslong standoff at a Pueblo apartment Monday morning, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Deputies said the stabbing happened around 12:15 a.m. at a home on King Ridge Avenue in Pueblo West. Deputies found the victim, a 50-year-old woman, at a neighbor’s home. She sustained a serious but not life-threatening stab wound to her hand, according to the sheriff’s office. She identified her assailant as Jesse Murphy, 30, who deputies said is on parole. 

Deputies determined Murphy was at his girlfriend’s home on Broadway Avenue in Pueblo. They went to the apartment and confirmed Murphy and his girlfriend were inside, but neither of them would answer the door or come out of the building. The woman was reportedly being held against her will, according to the sheriff’s office. Negotiators spent more than three hours trying to get Murphy to surrender. 

Central High School, which is across the street from the apartment, was put on lockdown during the standoff. Deputies said the threat was contained only to the apartment, and the high school and neighboring homes were not threatened. 

The woman left the apartment around 9:30 a.m., and Murphy surrendered a short time later. Deputies said he was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening self-inflicted wounds. The woman was not injured. 

Murphy is charged with attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, menacing with a deadly weapon, and a protection order violation. 

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