Man reportedly stabbed more than 15 times near Barr Trail in Manitou Springs, suspect arrested

Million Zimmerman, stabbing suspect.
Million Zimmerman, stabbing suspect.(KKTV/EPSO)
Published: May. 22, 2023 at 8:35 PM MDT|Updated: May. 23, 2023 at 2:11 PM MDT
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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A suspect is in custody after allegedly assaulting a man in a trail parking lot east of Colorado Springs.

Emergency crews responded to the Barr trailhead in Manitou Springs around 7:40 p.m. Monday after a 911 call reported an assault in the parking lot. First responders found a badly injured man.

“Manitou Springs Fire arrived on scene and began life-saving efforts,” said Lt. Carla Schmidt with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. “The victim was transported to a local hospital. The suspect fled the scene, where there were multiple witnesses.”

Sara Sharkey had just finished a trek up the Incline and was on her way down when she saw law enforcement activity below. She initially assumed someone had hurt themselves on the trail, until she got closer to the parking lot.

“We saw, like, a whole lot of lights and sirens,” she told 11 News. “Once we got down to the bottom, they had it all police-taped off around the exit to the trail. There was a truck there with looked like maybe blood and a bunch of trash behind it.”

On Tuesday, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office provided an update explaining the victim is 60-year-old Eric Snay. According to investigators, Snay was stabbed more than 15 times all over his body including his neck, arms and head. Snay is expected to survive.

Tuesday morning, Million Zimmerman was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was being held on a $1 million bond.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information on the incident to call 719-520-7777.