Missoula stabbing suspect convicted of beating gay man

Posted at 9:40 AM, Jul 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 11:40:21-04

One of the suspects involved in a Monday evening Missoula stabbing was previously convicted of kidnapping and beating a gay man.

Christopher Newrider, 31, was convicted of kidnapping and assault charges in 2008 in Missoula County for tying up a gay man and severely beating him.  Newrider was also convicted of burglary in Cascade County back in 2006.

State prison records also show that Newrider was on probation at the time of the stabbing.

He’s expected to appear in Missoula Justice Court Wednesday afternoon for the stabbing incident which happened in the 1800 block of Sherwood Street.

The victim in the Monday evening stabbing had accused Newrider and Valerie Thompson of stealing items from them.  That disagreement then escalated and the two suspects stabbed the victim. 

The 38-year-old victim was taken to the hospital where he’s recovering from multiple stab wounds.  Newrider and Thompson fled the scene after the stabbing but were later found by police at a downtown Missoula motel.