Co-workers' argument leads to stabbing

Centennial man arrested in Lone Tree attack


An argument between two co-workers in the kitchen of the Lone Tree Qdoba triggered a stabbing that hospitalized one man and led to the other's arrest.

Thomas Javon Alston, 22, of Centennial, was held on charges of first-degree assault, criminal attempt and attempted second-degree murder following the 8 p.m. March 20 incident. The latter charge stems from an officer's belief that Alston “attempted to cause the death of” his 24-year-old co-worker, according to an arrest affidavit filed with the district attorney's office.

The co-worker, Francisco Arredondo, 24, was transported to Littleton Hospital with stab wounds to his right side. His current condition is unknown.

Alston bonded out of jail March 24. He had been held on $40,000 bond.

The 18 Judicial District Attorney's office plans to file formal charges March 26.

A manager at the store told police he heard the two men arguing in the kitchen, and that Alston was being urged to cook chicken more quickly. Arredondo went back to the line to take a food order.

Both the manager and a customer ordering food said they saw Alston walk up behind Arredondo with a knife in his hand, stab him and chase Arredondo toward the kitchen, still holding the knife. The manager took the 10-inch knife from Alston and asked Alston to leave the restaurant, according to the report.

A police officer caught up to Alston in a nearby parking lot and ordered him to the ground, according to the report.

The Qdoba manager said Alston and Arredondo apparently had no previous problems, and did not know why Alston stabbed Arredondo.

The report states that when the officer who initially examined Arredondo moved the victim's arm, “he began to lose consciousness” and was “gasping for air.”

Though Alston said he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day, an evaluation showed no evidence Alston was under the influence of marijuana or other drugs at the time of the attack.