Man stabbed, jailed in fight with motorist

Brandon Hopson

A Fruita man who was stabbed in an altercation Sunday night received more bad news when he was arrested at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Brandon Hopson, 21, 1225 Santa Fe Circle, was booked into Mesa County Jail early Monday morning on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass and menacing with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of harassment. He was released after posting bond.

A 27-year-old motorist told Mesa County sheriff’s deputies he and his girlfriend, 19, were at the intersection of 32 Road and the Interstate 70 Business Loop when Hopson pulled up and made an obscene sexual gesture at him. He said he responded by flipping off Hopson, according to an arrest affidavit.

Hopson got out of his car and began hitting the man’s door and window. Hopson then opened the door and began punching the man, who said he took out his pocket knife and began defending himself. Hopson then backed away and got back in his car.

The couple told deputies they followed Hopson’s vehicle west on I-70B for a while before Hopson got out again and came toward them with what appeared to be a gun. The man and woman then left the area.

Deputies contacted Hopson and two other people who were in his vehicle near 29 and Patterson roads and discovered he had been stabbed in the chest under his right arm.

Hopson admitted he confronted the man in his vehicle but didn’t immediately know that he had been stabbed. He said he owns a lighter that looks like a gun but denied taking it out of his car, the affidavit said. Several witnesses confirmed that Hopson got out of his vehicle and assaulted the man.


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