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Love triangle kidnapping victim found in Springs

By: JAKOB RODGERS and MARIA ST. LOUIS-SANCHEZ
November 1, 2011
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photo - Danielle Garcia Photo by Courtesy of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Danielle Garcia Photo by Courtesy of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office 

A woman kidnapped at knifepoint from a Security home was found Tuesday night as her boyfriend lay clinging to life following a bloody stabbing that deputies believe were committed by a paroled killer, who also is the woman’s husband.

Danielle Garcia, 28, was found about six hours after Herbert Hudson, 35, was arrested by Pueblo police on suspicion of attempted murder and kidnapping, said Sgt. Mike Schaller, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

She was found at a residence in the 400 block of Prairie Road and had minor injuries, Schaller said.

Deputies suspect Hudson went to a house in the 5000 block of Wainwright Drive in Security about 11:30 a.m. and fought with a 43-year-old man, stabbing him several times in his arms, back and neck before kidnapping Garcia.

The man, identified by his mother as Paul Duhamel, had dated Garcia for “months and months.” He was part of a love triangle since Hudson married Garcia on Sept. 27,  court records show.

“She talked about all the time how her brother was in prison for killing someone,” said his mother, Nancy Duhamel. “Come to find out when he got out, it wasn’t her bother, it was her lover.”

Nancy Duhamel said her front door was open when Hudson came in and confronted her son, stabbing him and puncturing at least one lung. Garcia, who was showering, rushed out to help and was dragged from the house wearing only a shirt, Nancy Duhamel said.

“Within a matter of 10 seconds, my whole world came crashing down,” said Nancy Duhamel, whose visiting friends witnessed the stabbing while she was in the basement.

Hudson was convicted in 2001 for killing a friend, Roy Mitchell, and then burying the body in a construction site, according to the Pueblo Chieftain. He said he was acting in self-defense when he shot Mitchell three times in the head.

He was sentenced to 26 years in jail but appealed and was awarded a new trial in March. In the new trial, Hudson pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was subsequently paroled.

He was paroled to a house in Pueblo, where police caught him Tuesday afternoon. Pueblo police officers and his parole officer arrived at Hudson’s house as he was walking out the front door, said Pueblo police Capt. Eric Bravo.

Hudson suffered an arm injury during the arrest and was treated at a nearby hospital, Bravo said.

On Tuesday night, Nancy Duhamel wept while thinking of her son, who remained in the intensive care unit with life-threatening injuries.

He came to Colorado about 12 years ago from California and stayed to help his mother, who has breathing problems and uses oxygen, she said.

“I don’t know what I would do if he died,” Duhamel said. “He’s a good person, and this shouldn’t have happened to him.”

“People should watch very closely who you should trust,” she continued. “Because you never know.”

Contact Jakob Rodgers: 476-1654

Twitter: @jakobrodgers

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