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