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Judge seals arrest documents in Summit County attempted murder case

District Judge Mark Thompson ordered Monday, June 23, all records pertaining to the arrest of Tyrus Walter Vanmatre sealed for a period of one week.

Vanmatre, 20, of Littleton, was arrested last week in connection with an alleged machete attack on Swan Mountain near Sapphire Point.

The motion to seal Vanmatre’s court records was filed Friday, June 20, by the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

During Monday’s hearing, deputy district attorney John Franks argued the case file be sealed to protect the integrity of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office’s ongoing investigation. Franks said the argument to seal the case file was appropriate because releasing information pertaining to the ongoing investigation would be contrary to the public interest.

Franks also requested the court to seal Vanmatre’s court case file because investigators with the sheriff’s office had taken a second suspect, a minor, into custody. Franks noted at the time that the second suspect had not yet appeared in court.

The second suspect also was scheduled to appear Monday in district court, but not until later in the afternoon.

Thompson ordered in favor of the district attorney’s motion and sealed all search warrants, affidavits, returns of service and inventory sheets. The order expires at 11 a.m. June 30, barring the filing of any additional motions to prolong the order.

Vanmatre appeared during the hearing by phone with his attorney Ryan Stroud, of Lakewood. Vanmatre was in custody on a no-bond hold at St. Anthony Medical Center in Lakewood.

Loralee Sturm, communications and public relations manager for St. Anthony Hospital, said Monday that Vanmatre was a “confidential patient” and could not provide information about the status of his condition.

After the hearing, District Attorney Bruce Brown said he did not know the extent of Vanmatre’s injuries. However, he did say they were sustained during the alleged underlying attack and that they were significant enough to hospitalize Vanmatre for a period of several weeks.

Vanmatre was scheduled to be released Monday from St. Anthony’s in Lakewood. He is being transferred to an undisclosed secure facility and will remain in custody.

Vanmatre was arrested in connection to an alleged machete attack sometime before 3 a.m. on Swan Mountain east of Sapphire Point. Sheriff’s office deputies found the victim stumbling down Swan Mountain Road with deep cuts on his face.

The victim, who’s identity is being withheld pending the ongoing investigation, was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood where he underwent surgery for his injuries. The victim later said Vanmatre allegedly drove him to Summit County under false pretenses with the specific intent to kill him.

Vanmatre and the victim arrived at a predetermined location in the woods near Sapphire Point, the victim said, and Vanmatre attacked him with a machete, according to a Summit County Sheriff’s Office news release. The victim said he was able to fight back, escape the attack and hide from Vanmatre.

Vanmatre is charged in Summit County District Court with one count each of attempted first-degree murder, a Class 2 felony, conspiracy, a Class 6 felony, first-degree assault, a class 3 felony, and menacing, a class 5 felony.

Vanmatre is scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. Monday, July 7, for a bind over hearing in district court.

Franks said the argument to seal the case file was appropriate because releasing information pertaining to the ongoing investigation would be contrary to the public interest.


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The Summit Daily Updated Jun 23, 2014 08:25PM Published Jun 26, 2014 07:08AM Copyright 2014 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.