Man arrested in Castle Rock stabbing charged with murder, attempted robbery


Formal charges for a man arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing in Castle Rock  included multiple counts of attempted aggravated robbery. 

Police arrested Jason Menton, 22, at the scene of a fatal stabbing on July 17 and continue to investigate the death. The Douglas County Coroner’s Office identified the victim  as Joshua Schnell, 37. 

On July 21, the DA's office formally charged Menton with murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, attempted assault, two counts of attempted aggravated robbery and two counts of menacing.

Menton is being held in the Douglas County Jail without bond.

According to Menton’s arrest affidavit, police responded to a report of a stabbing around 9:30 p.m. July 17 at Parry’s Pizza in Castle Rock. Three employees, including Schnell, were closing the restaurant for the day when Schnell was attacked and stabbed multiple times, per the affidavit.

The two employees on scene told police that a man in a yellow bandanna and yellow shirt, later identified as Menton, had been parked outside of the restaurant earlier in the day, acting in a suspicious manner, and then returned at closing. 

An employee found Schnell outside the back of the restaurant and Menton allegedly threatened them with a knife before fleeing. 

Police found Menton in the alley behind an attached business and the affidavit says he had bloodstains on his clothes and body. An officer also found the handle of a folding knife, missing its blade, in Menton’s pocket.

According to the affidavit, the blade of the knife was later found near Schnell’s body. 

Police do not believe Menton and Schnell knew each other and continue to investigate Schnell’s death, including identifying a motive.

Menton is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 19.

Court records show Menton was cited for assault in Douglas County on July 1.

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