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Bond set at $250,000 for man accused of Sunday stabbing in Greeley Mall

Tommy Simmons
tsimmons@greeleytribune.com

A 26-year-old man who police say stabbed another man in the back Sunday at the Greeley Mall never gave a reason for the stabbing, and made multiple disoriented statements, including threats against white people, according to some witnesses.

According to an affidavit for his arrest, Felipe Vigil, 26, stabbed Steven Matta, 31, with a knife as Matta and his 22-year-old girlfriend walked through the mall's common area near the Journeys store. Doctors later described Matta as lucky, the affidavit stated, because the knife did not cut into Matta's spine. He was in good condition later Sunday.

Weld District Court Judge Thomas Quammen on Monday found there was probable cause for police to arrest Vigil on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault.

Vigil told police he didn't want to hurt or kill anyone and claimed "the knife led him," according to the report. He said a "rush" came over him, and he stabbed Matta.

Just after that, the report stated, Vigil called his mother and told her he'd just stabbed someone who was trying to rape her. His mother told Vigil she was not at the mall, and implored him to wait for police.

Vigil did. When police arrived, he told them over and over "you guys" caused him to stab Matta. He never clarified who he was talking about, the report stated.

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Greeley Police Lt. Roy Smith said investigators also heard from some witnesses that Vigil made threats against white people in the course of the stabbing. However, Smith said, investigators had not yet developed probable cause to support adding an ethnic intimidation sentence enhancer on to the charges Vigil faces. Smith said authorities could do so at any time if they develop sufficient evidence to support such a charge. Smith said as investigators interview more witnesses, they'll develop a clearer picture of the statements Vigil made.

Vigil spoke to Quammen by video from the Weld County Jail on Monday afternoon. During the meeting, Vigil, a large man with a deep voice and shoulder-length black hair, said little, answering the judge's questions with a clipped "yes sir."

When Quammen asked Vigil if he had any questions about his rights, Vigil heaved a deep sigh and didn't speak for about 30 seconds.

"No," he said.

Micky Pirraglia, one of the case's prosecutors, said he was worried about the rush Vigil described in the course of the stabbing.

"I have major concerns about (Vigil)," he said. "I think he presents a great risk to the community."

Annette Kundelius, Vigil's attorney, reminded Quammen that Vigil has had only minimal brushes with law enforcement in the past.

Quammen also cited his concern for the community in crafting Vigil's bond. He called the attack "completely unprovoked," and set the bond at $250,000.

What’s next

The Weld District Attorney’s office has until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to file charges against Felipe Vigil.

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To help

Greeley police want to speak to anyone who saw the Sunday afternoon stabbing at The Greeley Mall. Anyone with information about it is asked to call police at (970) 350-9600.

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