On September 27, 2020 at approximately 11:58 a.m., Pueblo police officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of W 13th Street regarding a stabbing. Christopher Abeyta (38) had stabbed his girlfriend several times and fled from the scene.
Officers located Abeyta a short distance away. Abeyta ran into a vacant house in the 1100 block of W 14th Street and refused to exit. Abeyta was challenging the officers to kill him. Officers began a dialogue with Abeyta and he agreed to exit the residence after he smoked a cigarette. A cigarette was provided to Abeyta.
Abeyta’s demeanor changed however, and he threatened to burn the house down. Abeyta then started a fire inside the residence. As the fire burned, an aerosol container exploded. Abeyta then quickly exited the residence and he was arrested.
The Pueblo Fire Department extinguished the fire. There was smoke, fire and water damage to the back portion of the house. The fire was contained to the carpet in a living area of the residence.
The victim of the stabbing was transported to a local hospital. She sustained serious bodily injury from being stabbed several times, she was listed as being in stable condition as of the drafting of this press release.
Abeyta was charged with 1st Degree Assault, Crimes Against At-Risk Adult, Domestic Violence, 3rd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Burglary, 1st Degree Arson, and Possession of Incendiary Device.
The information contained in this press release is based on preliminary information available at the time of its drafting. The Pueblo Police Department’s understanding of this incident may change as additional evidence is collected, analyzed and reviewed. The purpose of this press release is to provide timely information to the public. In consideration of the foregoing, please be advised that any statements expressed herein are subject to change at any time.
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