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Felony charges alleged against 3 in aftermath of car crash

Street fights that break out spontaneously among younger individuals are commonplace in Colorado and most other states. Sometimes these scuffles and mini-riots include gunshots, killing, wounding and knifing. They can be gang-related. The Colorado Springs police recently arrested three people for engaging in alleged felony offenses over a minor traffic collision that occurred at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 21.

The incident appears to have been a random car accident, and there is no indication at this time that the participants knew each other prior to the events. The incident came to light when police interviewed a man who appeared at Memorial Hospital with a stab wound in his back. He indicated that he had been a stabbing victim after the car crash. He was treated for minor injuries and released.

The police apparently followed up on the man's report and arrested three people allegedly involved in criminal activity in connection with the incident. An 18-year-old man was arrested for suspicion of felony charges of second-degree assault, aggravated robbery and criminal mischief. Later Sunday morning two other individuals were arrested, one an 18-year-old male and the other a 26-year-old male. At this early point, the police and the press reports do not reveal the alleged role of each suspect in the series of events.

It is unknown what the argument was about, whether they knew each other before the accident and what precise criminal acts were allegedly involved in the charged felony counts. That is a common early situation in such incidents, which will undoubtedly change as defense counsel enter the case on behalf of each defendant. Counsel's first task is usually to learn the facts as thoroughly as possible. This includes questioning witnesses, the police and the accused client in as much detail as possible to determine the accuracy of the felony charges pursuant to Colorado law, and the weight of evidence that may exist, both incriminating and exculpatory.

Source: gazette.com, "Three arrested in stabbing, robbery east of downtown Colorado Springs", Ellie Mulder, May 23, 2017

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