Drugs, stolen cars found at property of brutal stabbing, Weld County Sheriff says

Posted at 11:57 AM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 20:09:05-04

HUDSON, Colo. — Deputies say they found drugs and several stolen cars on Hudson property that was the scene of a brutal stabbing over the weekend.

A woman stabbed multiple times in the 2000 block of CR 47 was rescued by neighbors Sunday morning, who used gardening tools to stop the male suspect, Johnny Cordova, 41.

The woman is currently in stable condition at Denver Health. Cordova is hospitalized in stable condition and is facing domestic violence charges of first-degree assault and attempted murder.

The owner of the property, James Phillips, 53, was arrested after Weld County deputies say they found several stolen vehicles and an unknown amount of drugs during a subsequent search.

Weld County deputies credit two Good Samaritans with stopping Cordova. Zachari Davis discovered the woman stabbed, beaten and unconscious. He grabbed a rake when Cordova showed back up to the scene and jumped into action.

"It was a rake against a shovel," Davis said. "I kind of just had to do what I had to getting rid of a rodent."

"I watched good fight evil, and the good one," said Madeline Carnahan, who called 911.

She and Davis held Cordova until police arrived. He remains hospitalized, but is expected to be charged with assault and attempted murder.

Phillips is facing charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft and unlawful possession drugs. He is being held at the Weld County Jail.

The victim has stabilized and remains at Denver Health, though it's unclear how she knew her attacker.


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