Random stabbing at Greeley Mall draws police response, potential attempted murder charge
June 25, 2017
A 31-year-old Greeley man is in good condition after being stabbed in the back Sunday afternoon at the Greeley Mall.
The victim, who police did not identify, was in the common area of the mall near the Journeys store when police say he was attacked by Felipe Robert Vigil.
Greeley Police Lt. Scott Smith said police were called at 2:55 p.m. Sunday, and soon after getting to the mall were able to arrest Vigil without incident.
Smith said Vigil and his alleged victim had no connection, adding the stabbing appeared to be random.
“For an unknown reason, he ran up and stabbed the victim in the back. Then he took off and hung out in the area, and he made some other odd statements.
— Scott Smith, Greeley police lieutenant
"For an unknown reason, he ran up and stabbed the victim in the back," Smith said. "Then he took off and hung out in the area, and he made some other odd statements."
Vigil, who police said is in his mid-20s, was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault, Smith said.
Smith said he didn't know what type of knife Vigil had or how large the knife was.
Ana Montez was near the mall with her son Sunday afternoon when she said she saw a man wielding a knife.
"He was cursing and stabbing the ground," Montez said. "We went around the block and he was gone."
Montez said her daughter-in-law saw a Snapchat about an hour later that a man had been stabbed in the mall and others were saying a man was trying to stab other people.
Smith said there were initial reports of multiple injuries, but it turned out that just the 31-year-old man suffered injuries.
Smith said the victim was taken to North Colorado Medical Center in an ambulance and was in good condition.
— Tyler Silvy covers government and politics for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with him at Facebook.com/TylerSilvy or @TylerSilvy on Twitter.