Affidavit: Men lured victim, stabbed him
Two teenagers suspected of stabbing a 21-year-old man and leaving him bloodied and lying in a driveway were charged Thursday with attempted first-degree murder.
Jason Ryan Ingram and Jesus Ernest Barrera, both 18, also face a single count of first-degree assault and two sentence-enhancing crime-of-violence counts.
An arrest affidavit obtained by The Daily Sentinel alleges the teens had given the victim, Christopher Langford, a ride to and from a party they attended. After the party, they reportedly led him into a field in Pear Park and attacked him, hitting him in the head with a baseball bat and stabbing him several times as he tried to run away.
Police said the stabbing may have been triggered by the men believing Langford had flirted with one of their friend’s girlfriends.
Langford, who was stabbed once in the chest and twice in the back, was discovered by a woman who opened the garage door of her home in the 400 block of Chert Drive early on the morning of Jan. 7. He spent several days in the hospital.
Detectives spoke with a number of witnesses who led them to Ingram and Barrera.
Ingram told police on Jan. 27 that Barrera repeatedly asked him during the party if Ingram “had his back” in regards to Langford and that Barrera wanted him to help fight Langford, the affidavit said.
Ingram said once they got out into the field, Barrera struck Langford in the back of the head. Ingram said Langford got up to run, and Ingram tripped him. Barrera then stabbed him, the affidavit said.
Ingram told police Barrera tried to convince him to make up a story that the stabbing was in self-defense. He said he is intimidated by Barrera and that he kicked Barrera out of his house, the affidavit said.
In an interview on Jan 29, Barrera initially denied any involvement in the assault on Langford, claiming he did not stab Langford and that the knife belonged to Ingram. He later admitted only to assaulting Langford with a bat, police said.
The girlfriend told police the day after the stabbing she saw Ingram and Barrera walking in a field looking for the knife.
Ingram and Barrera will return to court Feb. 12. Both are being held in the Mesa County Jail on $150,000 bond.