Suspect dies in Pueblo stabbing spree that leaves behind several victims

 Police at the homicide scene on Dec. 4, 2019. (Photo: Pueblo Police Dept.)
Police at the homicide scene on Dec. 4, 2019. (Photo: Pueblo Police Dept.) (KKTV)
Published: Dec. 4, 2019 at 8:40 AM MST
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The man that was facing multiple charges after allegedly going on a stabbing spree near Pueblo's Bessemer Park Tuesday night has died.

Police said in a statement Friday that the suspect, 34-year-old Jacob Martinez, was in serious condition at a local hospital but has since died. An autopsy conducted by the coroner is pending.

Police added that they are not planning on charging the neighbors with the suspect's death.


Police say the suspect left behind three injured victims and may have killed a fourth. A man's body was found sprawled in a front yard in the same general area as the other attacks.

The events of Tuesday night began just before 5:30 p.m. when the suspect allegedly attacked someone with an ax in the 1400 block of Spruce Street. Police say the victim suffered injuries but declined medical treatment.

"[The victim] was able to provide a good description of the suspect," said Officer Brandon Beauvais with the Pueblo Police Department.

Nearly three hours later, a caller told police a man matching that description tried to stab him in his doorway.

"Luckily [the victim's] cell phone [in his pocket] prevented any penetrating injuries to this victim," Beauvais said.

The second attack happened in the 1300 block of Lake Avenue, nine blocks away from the first scene.

Back on Spruce Street 15 minutes later, police received another call about an assault, this time on an elderly man in a wheelchair. Neighbors who saw the attack rushed in to stop it.

"On arrival, officers contacted several neighbors who were restraining the male suspect on the ground. They were restraining him because he was assaulting a 75-year-old male in a wheelchair.

"... We're just happy that the neighbors were able to get involved and prevent the 75-year-old male in the wheelchair from sustaining serious injuries."

The suspect in the third attack matched the description of the suspect in the other two incidents.

While investigating the third assault, officers were flagged down by a woman living a few houses down.

"[She] stated she had saw a deceased male in her yard. Officers approached, confirmed that the male was deceased and detectives were called out to process the scene, contact witnesses, and carry on the investigation," Beauvais said.

The homicide is currently being investigated as linked to the assaults. The assault suspect remains the main suspect in the homicide, police said Thursday.

Police say the suspect stopped breathing while he was pinned down by the neighbors and remains in the hospital in critical condition. He was identified Thursday as 34-year-old Jacob Martinez and faces three charges of attempted murder.

The deceased was identified as 63-year-old Donald Ritchie.

"The Pueblo Police Department would like to commend the neighbors in the 1400 block of Spruce Street who restrained the suspect until officers arrived on scene. Although we don’t encourage this for safety concerns, they very well prevented further violence from occurring," the police department said in a statement Thursday.

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