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Man stabbed in dispute

Tim Mutrie

An unidentified man remained in “critical but stable” condition at Aspen Valley Hospital as of 8:30 p.m. yesterday, after Jesus Manuel Castillo Eguilar allegedly stabbed the man in the upper chest at the Tyrolean Lodge, according to authorities.

Less than a half-hour after the 4:30 p.m. assault, officers with the Aspen Police Department and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Castillo Eguilar in the West End.

He apparently fled the scene on foot and hid in a Port-O-Potty in the alley between the 600 blocks of Smuggler and Francis streets.

After being interviewed by authorities, Castillo Eguilar, 18, was booked into the Pitkin County Jail for felony assault in the first degree, according to jail officials. His bond was set at $25,000.

Just minutes after police and medics responded to the Tyrolean, an ambulance carrying the victim sped away to AVH. The man underwent several hours of emergency surgery after being admitted, according to a hospital spokeswoman. “He’s still critical, but stable,” she said. The man was being monitored in the hospital’s intensive care unit, she added. She declined to discuss the nature of his injuries.

“There was at least one wound in the upper chest area,” said Officer Gary Kaulkman. “I don’t know that there was more than one.

“I think there were just two people directly involved, but I know there were other witnesses,” Kaulkman said. “It was an argument, and I’m not sure what about, but that’s what started it and I’m assuming that it just escalated from there.

“It’s my understanding that it happened in a room” at the lodge, he said. The Tyrolean is located at 200 W. Main St.

As of 8 p.m. last night, authorities had not located the knife used in the alleged assault, Kaulkman said, though police had the Port-O-Potty drained to see if the weapon was hidden in the waste.

“I’m going to request that people keep an eye out for the knife in the area between Second Street and Fifth Street in the West End area, and if anybody finds it, do not touch it – call us immediately,” he said.

Kaulkman said authorities had received differing reports as to what the knife looked like.

The first-degree assault charge Castillo Eguilar faces carries a maximum penalty of 12 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000.


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