Glenwood man charged with attempted murder in stabbing |

Glenwood man charged with attempted murder in stabbing

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Glenwood Springs man accused of stabbing another man outside of a Glenwood bar in September faces attempted murder charges.

Prosecutors charged Toby Aaron Gallegos, 27, with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing Doug Diaz, 28, outside of the Loyal Brothers Lounge in the early morning hours of Sept. 26.

Gallegos appeared in Garfield County District Court Wednesday afternoon, without counsel, where he was formally charged in the case.

He was arrested after the incident, posted $15,000 bond, and was released from the Garfield County Jail the same day.

According to an arrest affidavit filed by the Glenwood Springs Police Department, Gallegos allegedly stabbed Diaz in retaliation for Diaz hitting a friend of Gallegos shortly before the incident.

Gallegos told authorities that he went to the alley behind the establishment to smoke a cigarette with a female friend, who saw Diaz and identified him as the one who had hit his friend, the affidavit stated.

Gallegos claimed that Diaz approached him and threw a punch, which sent him to one knee. Gallegos told police that he didn’t remember what happened next, according to the affidavit, however police reported that he was covered in blood when they interviewed him.

Witnesses told police that Gallegos was the aggressor and pulled a knife before attacking Diaz.

Initially, Gallegos was arrested for assault only. The attempted murder charge was added due to the severity of Diaz’s wounds.

Earlier reports stated that Diaz spent six hours in surgery to repair the damage to his left arm. He was in the hospital for several days following the altercation.

Gallegos is due back in court in December.

Arion Gross, 18, was charged with felony counts of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping, and menacing, for his alleged involvement in the Oct. 4 assault that left a 33-year-old New Castle woman severely beaten, bruised and missing four teeth.

Gross and Aaron Steven Rabidue, 21, are accused of allegedly binding and beating the woman for four hours in the bathtub of Rabidue’s New Castle apartment, then dropping her in the Wal Mart parking lot in Rifle. The victim told authorities that Rabidue and Gross blamed her for the alleged theft of marijuana plants from Rabidue’s apartment.

Police found around 20 marijuana plants in Rabidue’s apartment at the time of his arrest on Oct. 5. He remains in the Garfield County Jail on multiple felony charges in four separate cases.

The prosecutor filed a mandatory protection order for Gross to not have any contact with the victim. Gross appeared in court Wednesday, represented by attorney Greg Greer, where he waived advisement of the charges. He is due back in court in November.

Gross was also charged for his alleged involvement in another similar case where another woman claims he, Rabidue and a third man, Joshua Martin Davis, 27, threatened her with a gun in September.

According to court documents, the woman told police that she was picked up at her New Castle home by Rabidue and Gross, and taken to an apartment complex on Main Street in New Castle, where Davis allegedly entered the vehicle with a handgun, put the gun to her head, and inquired about the theft of marijuana plants. The victim told investigators that the three threatened to dispose of her body in a hole that they had dug nearby.

Gross, Davis, and Rabidue are co-defendants and face felony counts of menacing and conspiracy to commit menacing, in that case.

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