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Man arrested after stabbing, fire spree near Keenesburg

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By The Staff

KEENESBURG – Weld County sheriff's deputies arrested a 63-year-old man who they say stabbed another person and set two buildings on fire July 23.

The suspect was identified as Richard Charles Norton. He is in the Weld County Jail. Norton could face an attempted first-degree murder charge as well as arson and assault charges. No formal charges had been filed as of Friday afternoon.

Deputies said he lived on the property near Weld County Road 18 and Weld County Road 59 for the past seven years.

The 64-year-old victim, Dan Stallsworth, was in critical condition Friday morning at North Colorado Medical Center. Authorities said the two men knew each other but wouldn't reveal the extent.

The incident began Thursday afternoon around 1:30. Norton allegedly stabbed the victim, then set fire two two buildings, including an RV storage business, on the property. Norton then barricaded himself inside another building. SWAT negotiators talked him into surrendering shortly after 1 a.m. Friday.

Deputy Shane Scofield said when Norton was arrested, he was carrying a zip gun in one hand and a claw hammer in the other. He also was carrying a knife. Deputies also found two couches soaked in gasoline, four Molotov cocktails with fuses and a gas can with a knife inside.

The motive is not clear. Charges are pending. Scofield said Norton also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest because he didn't register as a sex offender.