C’dale man faces assault charges
A Carbondale man is being held at the Garfield County Jail on $75,000 bond, after police arrested him and accused him of the attempted murder of a Carbondale woman Wednesday evening.The woman, whose authorities aren’t releasing, was treated at Valley View Hospital Wednesday night for what a Garfield County Sheriff’s officer described as “a minor injury” to her neck that came “from the suspect’s knife blade.”Police believe Weslie Gates, 18, followed the victim home, from a bus stop in Carbondale to a mobile home park at the east end of Garfield Avenue a little after 6 p.m.The woman was aware she was being followed, but her assailant caught up with her and grabbed her from behind, putting a knife to her throat, according to the woman’s statement.She reportedly said that she believed her assailant was trying to slit her throat when she grabbed his hand with both her hands, and forced the knife away from her. She said that she then managed to break free of the man’s grip and flee inside her home.The woman also reported that her parents attempted to follow the fleeing assailant for a time, sheriff’s detective Don Breier saidCarbondale police officer Matt Gardner, who had heard about the incident on his police radio and was aware that a suspect was being sought, spotted Gates near the John M. Fleet swimming pool.Gardner confronted Gates and held him until Garfield County deputies could arrive, Breier said. Gardner, reached Thursday, said he could not discuss his role in the case since it was in the county’s jurisdiction.Gates is faces charges of harrassment, first-degree assault (attempted murder) and “criminal attempt” to commit first-degree assault, according to the sheriff’s office.Gates is faces charges of harrassment, first-degree assault (attempted murder) and “criminal attempt” to commit first-degree assault, according to the sheriff’s office.
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