Man arrested after 2 people stabbed at campground

NEDERLAND — Boulder County authorities have arrested a man suspected of stabbing two people at a campground near Nederland following a dispute over a dog.

Spokeswoman Heidi Prentup said search dogs found the suspect hiding behind a garbage container in Boulder early Thursday.

Prentup said in a statement that a 33-year-old man and 35-year-old woman who are transients living in the Boulder area were stabbed Wednesday night and driven to the Nederland Police Department by friends.

Two people at the Gordon Gulch campground told investigators they heard screaming at about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday. When they came out of their tent, they saw a man with a knife standing over the two stabbing victims.

Police said the suspect offered a driver $50 to get a ride from Nederland into Boulder. Officers later found Hilbourne Southerland, 38, hiding behind a trash bin in Boulder and arrested him on attempted murder charges.

The victims, whose names weren’t released, were taken to a hospital with possibly life-threatening stab wounds to the head and body.

Witnesses told police the victims and the suspect had been arguing about the suspect’s dog and how aggressive it was to other dogs in the area.

Authorities said the suspect pulled a knife and began attacking the man and woman.


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