Man sought for stabbing in El Jebel |

Man sought for stabbing in El Jebel

A man accused of pulling a knife and stabbing another man in El Jebel last weekend is being sought by police throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

Gilberto Guevara, 25, who briefly lived at 61 Arapahoe St. in Sopris Village, is wanted on suspicion of first-degree assault with a weapon, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

A report by Deputy Melissa Harless, who investigated the incident with assistance from other deputies and Basalt officers, said Guevara and the victim, 31-year-old Jose Adan Guevara Orellana of El Jebel, were arguing outside the Laundromat in El Jebel at about 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 when “the suspect stabbed Orellana once, very quickly, in Orellana’s midsection.

The victim got into the car of friends’ and went to a friend’s house in the El Jebel area.

“Once at the residence, (the friend) said he realized Orellana was injured and tried to treat the wound with rubbing alcohol,” the police report said. “At this point, Orellana walked from the residence to the street in front of 260 James Circle and dropped to his knees on the pavement. This was where Orellana was found by the Basalt police officer.”

An ambulance responded and took Orellana to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He underwent immediate surgery for injuries to his bowel and liver. He was expected to be released some time this week, according to the report.

Officers contacted three Latino men at 61 Arapahoe later on the evening of the fight and learned that Guevara had moved in only 1 1/2 weeks before. He was working for a concrete company in Aspen.

Police determined after questioning the men that they didn’t assist Guevara in the fight, so they were released. Guevara’s whereabouts remain unknown.

At least two men witnessed the stabbing, but police couldn’t determine what started the fight. Other agencies in the valley have been asked this week to watch for Guevara, described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds. He is thought to be driving a yellow Toyota sedan with Texas license plates.

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