Man arrested for alleged knife attack on ex-girlfriend
September 30, 2008
EAGLE COUNTY ” A Carbondale man was arrested on multiple charges Monday after he ambushed his ex-girlfriend and repeatedly stabbed and cut her with a knife, police said.
Ian Ranney, 25, allegedly waited outside the victim’s residence at the Aspen-Basalt Mobile Home Park and attacked her when she walked to her vehicle at about 6 a.m., police said. The victim was stabbed in the face and received numerous lacerations to her neck, said Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly. The woman also was cut on the hands while trying to defend herself.
The victim was taken Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs where she underwent surgery. Her injuries, while severe, weren’t considered life-threatening.
Ranney was being held in Eagle County jail Monday without bond. He was charged with first-degree assault, felony menacing, domestic violence and harassment/stalking, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
It is unknown at this time how long Ranney was waiting for the victim, Cordingly said, and she didn’t know how long ago Ranney and the victim broke up. The woman’s determination might have saved her life, according to authorities.
“I know she attempted to fight back,” Cordingly said. Her roommate and her roommate’s boyfriend heard the woman’s screams and came outside. The roommate’s boyfriend scared Ranney away, Cordingly said, and the man brought the victim into the trailer while the female roommate called 911.
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Ranney allegedly ran from the scene, got in a car and fled. It is unknown where he went for approximately the next hour. He reported to work at Total Merchant Services near downtown Basalt at 7:05 a.m., according to Scott Mabry, chief operating officer at the firm.
Ranney worked in the company’s technical support department, which provides credit card and other payment solutions to small business across the country. Mabry said he didn’t personally see Ranney report for work Monday, and he hadn’t heard that any co-workers saw or detected anything unusual yesterday morning.
Law enforcement from Eagle County and Basalt came to the business around 8:30 a.m. and placed Ranney in custody without incident. He was taken to the Eagle County Sheriff’s substation in El Jebel for questioning. An ambulance was called to the substation at about 9:10 a.m. when Ranney complained of a medical issue. Cordingly said she didn’t know what, if anything, was ailing Ranney. He was taken by ambulance to Valley View Hospital and formally arrested after he was treated and released, she said.
The victim’s name isn’t being released, as is common procedure in a domestic violence case. Cordingly would only give the victim’s age as older than 18.
Like Ranney, the victim has worked for 18 months at Total Merchant Services. It was a tough day for employees of the firm, one of the largest private-sector employers in Basalt.
“We’re very concerned. It’s a very painful situation on both counts,” Mabry said. Workers are particularly concerned about the victim’s recovery and are discussing ways to assist her.
“It’s certainly shocking to everyone here. It’s not something [we] saw coming,” Mabry said.
The Aspen-Basalt Mobile Home Park is located near the intersection of Highway 82 and Willits Lane. It is in unincorporated Eagle County and surrounded by the town of Basalt. Police from Basalt were first on the scene because there was no Eagle County deputy on duty in the area at the time. Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda said it is standard procedure for law enforcement departments to provide mutual aid on major calls. A deputy from Eagle County took over the investigation after arriving on scene.
A source familiar with the case said one startling aspect was that no one in neighboring trailers came to the aid of the victim or called authorities even though the victim “was screaming her head off.”