Garden City Police make arrest in early morning stabbing

Credit: Ada County Jail

Justin Cosner, 20, of Boise, is charged with attempted murder in the second-degree.



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 2:42 PM

GARDEN CITY - A Garden City man is in recovering at Boise hospital after police say he was stabbed by his roommate.

Paul Hurtado Jr., 26, is in stable condition after being stabbed in the stomach and undergoing surgery at St. Alphonsus.

The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Garden City Police say Hurtado and his roommate Justin Cosner, 20, got into a fight that ended badly.

Hurtado's father updated us on his condition and shed some light on what happened.

"And then now to sit in that waiting room and know that my son had been stabbed it's just a parent's worst nightmare. I'll tell you nobody wants to get that phone call," said Paul Hurtado Sr.

Hurtado spent most of his Monday morning talking with officers, doctors and witnesses after his son was stabbed.

"One person is in custody and considered a suspect," said Garden City Police Chief James Bensley.

Cosner was booked into the Ada County Jail on a charge of attempted second-degree murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.

"From what I understand there was a verbal altercation that took place. Apparently it had been brewing for a week or so. And then last night it came to a boil," said Hurtado Sr.

For several hours this morning police removed bags of evidence from the home and gathered information about the incident. Officers say during the fight there were four witnesses inside the house. Hurtado Sr. talked with one of them.

"Apparently the defendant didn't like what my son had said. He then went and got a knife and took care of whatever," said Hurtado Sr.

Police say the knife was six inches long with a lock-in-place blade.

"On the diagram the doctor showed me he had been stabbed three times," said Hurtado Sr.

Hurtado says his son is not completely innocent of the whole thing but wishes Cosner would have handled it differently.

"Like the officer said, a phone could have been picked up and an officer called out. And he could have been removed from the house instead of pulling a knife and doing what he did," said Hurtado Sr.

Hurtado says his son is not out of the woods, yet but he is in stable condition.