Englewood police say David Abbott, 59, sustained more than 16 stab wounds in a domestic-violence incident at an apartment complex at the south end of Englewood on Dec. 1. Michelle Abbott, 45, told …
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Englewood police say David Abbott, 59, sustained more than 16 stab wounds in a domestic-violence incident at an apartment complex at the south end of Englewood on Dec. 1.
Michelle Abbott, 45, told police she is David Abbott's wife and said the stabbing was “not a mistake” after her arrest on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder that day, according to an arrest affidavit by Englewood police. David Abbott had stab wounds in his face and back after the incident, which occurred at the Alvista Trailside Apartments, said Investigator Scot Allen. The complex sits on South Delaware Street, just west of Broadway and south of Belleview Avenue.
Allen, spokesman for Englewood police, said Dec. 5 that police were told David Abbott was still being treated at the hospital and had no information indicating the victim would not survive the injuries.
According to the affidavit:
Officers responded to an apartment in the 5100 block of South Delaware Street about 4:20 p.m. on report of a possible stabbing. David Abbott was found bleeding from several stab wounds on the ground outside the apartment, where a blood trail began inside.
Police received a call about a female covered in blood on the corner of West Grand Avenue and South Elati Street going northbound, just about a block north of the apartments. Officers contacted Michelle Abbott and placed her in custody at 4:30 p.m., treating a laceration on her right palm.
Michelle Abbott said “he poured gas on me,” “he was going to light me up” and “I had to stab him,” according to the affidavit.
Two witnesses told police that when they saw Michelle Abbott, she made claims that her husband had been lying to her and hadn't been home in weeks, and told them that when she had asked David for money, David wrote her a check and then threw gasoline on her.
Michelle Abbott was taken to Swedish Medical Center; an officer said clothing removed from her by paramedics smelled like gasoline.
Michelle Abbott told a detective David Abbott is her husband of four years but they're going to get a divorce. She said David was supposed to write her a check, but the check was not for enough money, so she grabbed the check, and David pushed her. She then said David did not push her but, rather, began getting up from a chair when she grabbed the knife, and they struggled with each other over the knife.
She said had gotten gasoline earlier and hid it in the bedroom because she “knew this was going to happen,” according to the affidavit.
When she and David ran into the bedroom, she grabbed the gasoline and threw it on David, and then David threw the gasoline on her, she said. She said David fell onto her, and she grabbed the knife because David was getting up.
She began to stab David, who told her to stop, and “it was not a mistake,” she told the detective, adding that David continued to struggle and try to grab the knife. She grabbed her bag and ran away from the apartment.
Michelle Abbott was being held at the Arapahoe County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
In 2008, Abbott — then Michelle Lembas — led the Palmer Lake and Monument police departments on a high-speed chase that ran through the middle of an athletic field at the U.S. Air Force Academy in the Colorado Springs area, according to authorities.
That series of events allegedly began when Abbott broke into a trailer home west of State Highway 105 in the Monument area June 19. She had recently been evicted from the home and tried to assault people working on it with a pair of scissors, according to Palmer Lake police at the time.
Abbott fled the scene in a car, took police on a chase that continued to the north gate of the Air Force Academy and reached speeds around 90 mph, rampaging through the middle of an athletic field where high school athletic camps were in session and kids scattered out of the way, according to police.
Abbott was charged with felony menacing, trespassing, driving under the influence, reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, but those charges were all dismissed when she pleaded guilty to felony eluding and received two years of probation.
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