BOULDER, Colorado - Boulder police say a convicted sex offender has been stabbed by a masked attacker for the second time in eight days.
Police say 26-year-old Zachary Meints told investigators he was stabbed by a male assailant wearing a bandana over his face as he walked in downtown Boulder just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.
He said he couldn't identify the attacker who thrust a folding knife into his abdomen in the 2100 block of Pine Street.
Meints told police he tried to spray the attacker with pepper spray, but believed he missed. The attacker fled toward to the east and officers searched the area without success, police said.
"Meints drove himself to a local emergency room for treatment. The wound does not appear to be serious," Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said in a news release on Tuesday night.
The attacker was described as a white man who was wearing a black-and-white bandana over his face and a long-sleeve black shirt. He was 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighed about 175 pounds.
"Police feel that this is not a random attack, but was intended toward the victim. Investigators do not believe there is a threat to public safety," Kobel said.
Meints told police he'd been stabbed in a similar attack last week.
On the afternoon of March 31, Meints told sheriff's deputies a masked assailant stabbed him twice in the back outside his Lafayette home.
In that attack, Meints called 911 at 2:30 p.m. and told the operator that he was jumped from behind by a male dressed all in black as he arrived home at 679 Snowpeak Lane, according to Boulder County Sheriff's Cmdr. Heidi Prentup.
Police, deputies and K-9 units searched the Lafayette neighborhood, but did not find the assailant, but an officer found a knife.
About a week earlier, Prentup said, Meints was sent a threatening letter. The home was also burglarized.
In 2012, Meints, a former Boulder youth hockey coach, pleaded guilty to one count of felony Internet sexual exploitation. He admitted sending sexually explicit texts and Facebook messages to boys he was coaching in the youth hockey program. None of the players said Meints made physical advances.
Meints was sentenced to 10 years of intensive sex offender probation, but avoided jail time.
In pleading for a more lenient sentence, defense attorneys told the judge that Meints was abducted and sexually assaulted at gunpoint when he was in sixth grade, the Boulder Daily Camera reported. Meints' abductor warned him he would kill his family if he ever told anyone, so he kept it secret until after he was arrested in December 2011 in the Internet sexual exploitation case, according to his attorneys.
Law enforcement officials said it's not clear if the knife attacks on Meints are linked to his sex offense.
Registered sex offenders such as 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.