Registered sex offender stabbed in the back outside his home, suspect still at large

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Police, deputies and K9 units searched a Lafayette neighborhood after a registered sex offender and former Boulder youth hockey coach was stabbed in the back outside his Lafayette home.

At 2:30 p.m., the victim called 911 and identified himself as Zachary Meints. According to Cmdr. Heidi Prentup of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, Meints told the operator that he was jumped from behind by a male dressed all in black as he arrived home at 679 Snowpeak Lane.

Meints was stabbed twice in the back.

The suspect ran away toward the south, Prentup said. The area was searched, and an officer found a knife.

About a week ago, Prentup said, Meints was sent a threatening letter. The home was also burglarized last week.

Deputies told 7News someone recently broke into the home where Meints lived with his parents and was also sent a threatening letter.

It's still not clear if his past is fueling these current crimes.

"If we have any information that anyone involved in the previous case-we'll take that very seriously," said Boulder County Sheriff's Office Cmdr. Heidi Prentup.

In 2012, Meints pleaded guilty to one count of felony Internet sexual exploitation.

Registered sex offenders like Meints don't live in secret. Meints is listed as a registered sex offender at that home. Their address and appearance is part of the public record.

 "When they started the sex offender registration that was a large issue that people were concerned that sex offenders would be targeted," she said

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