Update: Zachary Meints, sex offender, says he was stabbed a second time in nine days
Update: It's déjà vu all over again. Earlier this month, we reported about the reported stabbing of Zachary Meints, a former youth hockey coach who pleaded guilty to Internet sexual exploitation a couple of years back after he was caught sending explicit texts to teen players. See our previous coverage below.
Photos, video and more below.
Now, Meints says he's been stabbed a second time. The claim suggests Meints is being stalked -- if it's true, that is. Here's the latest.
Back in 2011 and 2012, we reported that Meints, a volunteer coach for the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders, a team composed of players age fifteen and under, had been busted for highly dubious texts -- like challenging his charges to "masturbation races" and then asking his fellow competitors to send him photos proving that they'd completed the course.
Then, on March 31, Meints reported that he'd been stabbed by a mysterious, black-clad man as he arrived home at his parents' place in Lafayette, where he's been living.
The Lafayette home of Zachary Meints's parents, as seen in 9News coverage.
The following crime was still under investigation when, just over a week later, Meints told authorities he'd been stabbed again.
This time, according to the Boulder Police Department, Meints said the attack took place on the 2100 block of Pine Street. As you'll notice in the following interactive graphic (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"), the location is a residential section of Boulder within view of Whittier International Elementary School.
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Meints told the BPD that he was walking in the neighborhood around 3 p.m. yesterday, April 8, when an unknown man stabbed him in the stomach with a folding knife and then fled -- and if anyone else saw the attack, a department rep doesn't make note of it. Afterward, Meints, who says he tried to pepper spray the assailant but thinks he missed, drove himself to a local hospital.
The wound itself is not thought to be serious.
The description of the suspect shared by the BPD is vague: a five-feet-ten-inch, 175-pound white male of medium build and unknown age wearing a black-and-white bandanna over his face and a long-sleeve black shirt.
The department adds that investigators "do not believe there is a threat to public safety" -- perhaps due to their theory that Meints was specifically targeted, or maybe because they think he's making the whole thing up. Apropos of the latter, 9News leads off its latest update with anchor Kyle Clark implying that either what happened is flat-out bizarre or a hoax by someone with a desperate need to be seen in a sympathetic light.
Here's the 9News piece, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue to read our coverage of Zachary Meints's previous stabbing claim, including photos and video.