Sep 20, 2011 4:59 PM by Andy Koen

Neighbor: stabbing victim confronted suspect over abuse

A neighbor who overheard the argument just before an elderly man was stabbed in the chest at a Colorado Springs apartment building Tuesday morning says the victim had confronted his attacker for allegedly abusing a pit bull puppy.

Levi Dixon lives in the same building as both the victim and suspect at 319 University Drive. He says the victim, a man in his 60's whom he knows as "Doc," had apparently witnessed the suspect, a man known as "Junior," abusing the animal.

"I didn't see the abuse myself but Doc had seen him and I guess it upset him because he told me he's raised dogs his whole life and he's a dog lover," Dixon said.

He says Doc went to a man named Roland who had given the puppy to Junior to tell him what happened. The two of them confronted Junior together.

"They originally came to just talk it out and find out what the problem was and it escalated from that," Dixon said.

Doc was rushed in an ambulance to Memorial Hospital. Sergeant Steve Noblitt of the Colorado Springs Police department says Doc's wound is serious doesn't appear to be life threatening.

"He's an older gentleman so they're closely monitoring his condition," Noblitt said.

The fight took place on a balcony outside of Junior's second story apartment. He was taken into custody just before noon. His formal name and potential charges have yet not been released.

Meanwhile Dixon is trying to make sense of what happened and hoping that Doc makes a quick recovery.

"He was just looking out for the puppy, he didn't have no hate toward Junior other than what he had seen happen to that dog."

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