Carbondale man accused of attempted murder |

Carbondale man accused of attempted murder

GARFIELD COUNTY – A Carbondale man is being held at the Garfield County Jail on $75,000 bond, after police arrested him and accused him of the attempted murder of a Carbondale woman Wednesday evening.The woman, whose name is not being released by authorities, was treated at Valley View Hospital Wednesday night for what a Garfield County Sheriff’s officer described as “a minor injury” to her neck that came “from the suspect’s knife blade.”Weslie Gates, 18, is believed to have followed the victim home, from a bus stop in Carbondale to a mobile home park at the east end of Garfield Avenue, a little after 6 p.m.According to the woman’s statement, she was aware she was being followed, but her assailant caught up with her and grabbed her from behind, putting a knife to her throat.She reportedly said that she believed her assailant was trying to slit her throat when she grabbed his hand with both her hands, and forced the knife away from her. She said that she then managed to break free of the man’s grip and flee inside her home.Sheriff’s Detective Don Breier said she also reported that her parents attempted to follow the fleeing assailant for a time.Gates was spotted near the John M. Fleet swimming pool by Carbondale Police Off. Matt Gardner, who reportedly had heard about the incident on his police radio and was aware that a suspect was being sought.Gardner confronted Gates and held him until Garfield County Deputy Sheriffs could arrive, Breier said. Gardner, reached Thursday, said he could not discuss his role in the case since it was in the county’s jurisdiction.According to the Sheriff’s Office, Gates is being charged with harassment, first degree assault (attempted murder), and “criminal attempt” to commit first degree assault.

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