John Colson
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August 5, 2013
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Frisco woman arrested in Carbondale stabbing attack

CARBONDALE — A 33-year-old Frisco woman, Harriet Watt, was arrested on Sunday and charged with second degree assault, over a stabbing incident in Carbondale that hospitalized one man with relatively minor injuries.

Held in jail overnight from Sunday to Monday, Watt was granted a $5,000 Personal Recognizance bond in court on Monday by Garfield County Magistrate Holly Strablizky, meaning she was free to leave the jail without paying anything toward her bond.

But, Strablizky emphasized to Watt, if she fails to appear in court as ordered for future hearings, or does anything to violate the conditions of her bond, she will be sent back to jail and will forfeit the $5,000 in cash, as well as face a new bond if she wants to get out of jail.

Carbondale resident Eric Smith, 39, allegedly was stabbed at about 7:20 p.m. by Watt, at Smith’s home at 746 Lincoln Ave., in Carbondale

Watt, police said, fled the area after the incident and returned to her home in Frisco.

Smith went to Basalt, according to police, apparently seeking medical attention.

Once in Basalt, police reported, Smith called 911 and reportedly was taken by ambulance to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, with what Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling described as “non-life-threatening injuries.”

Watt is charged with second degree assault causing injury to another and involving drug impairment, according to the jail’s website.

Schilling reported that Carbondale officers had been called to Smith’s home earlier in the day to intercede in a disturbance there, and arrived to find Watt allegedly intoxicated and belligerent.

“They advised her that she couldn’t be bothering the other people (in the home),” and left without putting her under arrest, Schilling said.

The next Schilling knew of the developing situation, he said, he got a call from one of his officers reporting the assault and informing Schilling that the Frisco police had Watt in custody. That officer, Patrolman Matt Gardner, then went to Frisco to pick up Watt and deliver her to the Garfield County Jail.

Watt is due in court again on Aug. 14.


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