Two Wheat Ridge residents face attempted first-degree murder charges stemming from their alleged roles in the stabbing of a 41-year-old male that occurred on the morning of May 30.
The victim — who police have not identified — had to undergo several surgeries at a local hospital after being stabbed multiple times.
It is believed the victim had been in a prior relationship with one of his alleged attackers, 32-year-old Nicole Ferrara, and the pair have a child together, according to Wheat Ridge police spokesman John Romero.
Police said Ferrara and her current partner, James Bryant, 33, were arrested shortly after police arrived at the victim’s home, located in the 3700 block of Vance Street.
They were taken to the Jeffco Detention Center and were housed there as of Monday, June 3. Bryant is being held on $150,000 cash or surety bond. Ferrara is being held on a $100,000 cash or surety bond.
Police report Ferrara and Bryant had been in a relationship for about 10 days.
Officers state Ferrara initiated the assault while Bryant initially waited in a vehicle. Police state Bryant was the attacker who actually used a weapon, presumably a knife. The weapon has not been located, but police are trying to track it down.
Police have not yet determinted a motive for the assault.
Officers were called to the home just before 1 a.m. There, they saw that the victim had stab wounds to his face, neck, chest, and upper torso.
The victim is expected to recover.
“He’s going to live, but he’s got some pretty nasty stab wounds,” Romero said. Witnesses told police that they saw a “gray car without a front bumper leaving the scene.” Officers were able to locate the car shortly after getting the call.
Investigators’ work became a little easier after Bryant and Ferrara returned to the area of the crime – while police were still at the scene.
“I was shocked,” Romero said, of learning that they had returned to the crime scene.
Officers indicated that the couple may have been intoxicated at the time of their arrest.
Bryant had been arrested two days prior to the attack on a misdemeanor charge of menacing, stemming from an unrelated incident where he had threatened to harm a man whom Ferrara also knows.