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Ex-lovers’ quarrel ends in stabbing, arrest in Aspen

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times

Ana M. Segovia

An apparent post-breakup quarrel ended badly late Sunday night when an Aspen woman allegedly stabbed her ex-boyfriend at least four times with a large kitchen knife, forcing the bleeding man to drive himself to the hospital for treatment, local authorities said.

Ana M. Segovia, 30, is being held in the Pitkin County Jail under $15,000 bond. She was advised Monday by Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols that she faces a felony charge of first-degree assault along with a count of domestic violence.

If found guilty of the felony assault charge, she faces a recommended prison sentence of four to 12 years, Nichols said. But a domestic-violence conviction would mean a mandatory sentencing range on the assault charge of 10 to 32 years, Aspen prosecutor Andrea Bryan said.

The victim, Martin Flores, 44, also of Aspen, was present in court during the advisement hearing. He told Nichols that he would help pay to bond Segovia out of jail, depending on the cost.

"I love her. I don't like to see her in jail," he said later outside of the courthouse.

Flores told The Aspen Times that Segovia "went crazy on him" but that he would still like to help her, even though he acknowledged that the relationship appears to be over.

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Aspen policeman Greggory Cole wrote in an affidavit that he was dispatched to a report of a "cold domestic" at Aspen Valley Hospital just before 1 a.m. Monday.

Flores initially told the emergency room doctor that his injuries had occurred at work, but upon questioning he informed the physician that his ex-girlfriend had caused the injuries, Cole wrote.

With help from an interpreter, Segovia gave police her account of the incident, telling Cole that she and Flores had been together for six years and lived together in a studio apartment. She said Flores came home and started an argument "because of jealousy," according to the affidavit.

She claimed Flores pulled her hair and choked her with one hand for "about one minute." She then went to the kitchen and grabbed a "big knife used for meat" and added that she "hurt" him three times, Cole wrote.

Segovia said she was defending herself against Flores, the officer's narrative said. Flores hit her head against the front door as they were departing the apartment for the hospital, she alleged.

Segovia declined medical attention at the health care facility, the affidavit said. The officer observed that she had a small laceration above her right eye, superficial scratches on the chest and right forearm and perhaps some small bruises on her right forearm.

"Segovia did not have any visible injuries on either side of her neck," Cole said. "(She) also did not appear to have any large clumps of hair missing. Segovia did not complain of any pain to her head or neck."

Cole said Segovia had dried blood on both of her hands and knees. She also had dried blood on her clothing, the affidavit said.

Aspen policeman Brian Stevens interviewed Flores, who provided a different version of events. He said they had recently broken up after five years together, and that Segovia was supposed to be out of their apartment Sunday.

They argued, showing each other their cell phones as evidence that they were dating other people, Flores told police. Segovia then went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and attacked him, he said, adding that he pushed Segovia in the face to try to stop her.

"The attack ended and Flores attempted to stop the bleeding using T-shirts," Cole wrote.

His injuries required 10 stitches on his left elbow and 12 stitches on his left wrist. He also had lacerations on his stomach and right thigh, police said.

According to Cole's statement, the doctor who treated Flores said that the injuries posed a "substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body" and "a substantial risk of permanent disfigurement."

Segovia was also charged with failing to appear in court for a traffic violation earlier this year. She is described in court records as a native of El Salvador and a service-industry worker. In court, she said she has lived and worked in Aspen for seven years.

Nichols set Segovia's next court appearance for Dec. 1. She signed a restraining order preventing Segovia from contacting Flores. She denied Flores' suggestion of a lower bond.

"Clearly, there needs to be a cooling-off period," Nichols said.

andre@aspentimes.com

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