Suspect Identified in reported stabbing and standoff that shut down I-70 for hours

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PARACHUTE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Hundreds of cars were backed up for miles on I-70 Tuesday afternoon after reports of a stabbing, which led to a law enforcement standoff, near the highway.

Justin Lopez Madrid

"I've never seen anything like this at all," Samantha Carlson, a Parachute resident, said.

Wednesday morning, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office identified the man taken into custody after the ordeal as Justin Lopez Madrid, 38.

Madrid faces charges of:
-Assault in the second degree (agg police official-strongarm) (felony)
-Criminal Attempt 1st Degree Murder - willful – Weapon
-Resisting arrest (misdemeanor)
-Obstructing a peace officer, firefighter, emergency medical services etc (misdemeanor)
-Reckless endangerment (misdemeanor)
-Tampering with physical evidence (felony)
-Violation of a restraining order (misdemeanor)

The ordeal started a little before noon Tuesday, we got several calls to our newsroom describing a heavy police presence. It led to a full interstate closure, and the parallel highway, US 6, shut down in areas as well.

Authorities say it all started with a report of a stabbing near west Rifle. The suspect then allegedly ran to a hillside 200 yards from the interstate. Law enforcement wasn’t able to talk him down and had to send a special team in. They didn't know if the suspect had a weapon or not.

The suspect has not been identified but is in custody. We’re told there were no injuries or shots fired during the arrest.

"I'm thankful for law enforcement to be so diligent about keeping us safe," Carlson said.

The incident had people in the area on high alert.

"For me that's pretty scary because I do have children and you know this is a smaller area, smaller town,” Carlson said. “You don't expect things like this to happen. It's everywhere but you don't think of it here in your own home town."

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