Police look for suspect in El Jebel stabbing | AspenTimes.com

Police look for suspect in El Jebel stabbing

Staff report

A man stabbed another man inside an El Jebel restaurant Sunday night and police are still looking for the suspect.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office responded to the stabbing report around 10:30 p.m. at Playa Azul restaurant, at 58 El Jebel Road, according to a statement released by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Basalt Police Department and the Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District also responded.

A verbal altercation between two males escalated, resulted in one of the males pulling a knife and stabbing the other male, according to the statement. The suspect, whom the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has identified as 30-year-old El Jebel resident Jose Oscar A. Romero Zelaya, then allegedly began to swing the knife at other individuals “in a reckless manner before fleeing the scene,” the statement said.

Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson said the victim was transported in potentially life-threatening condition to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

The suspect is known to have multiple aliases and may go by Jose Romero, Jose Zelaya, Oscar Romero, Oscar Romero Zelaya, Oscar Zelaya or Jose Selaya, according to the statement.

“Deputies are attempting to locate Zelaya who may still be in the Roaring Fork Valley. He is described as a Hispanic male, standing 5’5” to 5’7” and weighing 170 to 190 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes,” the statement said.

Anyone with information about the suspect or this crime should call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007 or 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at http://www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cellphone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn as much as a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.


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