Basalt knife attack case adds attempted murder charge |

Basalt knife attack case adds attempted murder charge

BASALT, Colorado ” Attempted first-degree murder has been added to the charges facing the man accused of ambushing his ex-girlfriend and attacking her with a knife outside a Basalt-area trailer Sept. 29.

The Eagle County District Attorney’s Office filed formal charges last week against Ian Ranney, 25, of Carbondale. Ranney was arrested the morning of the ambush for first-degree assault, felony menacing, stalking and a crime of violence.

A judge raised Ranney’s bond from $100,000 to $500,000 after the addition of the attempted murder charge. He remains in custody in the Eagle County jail.

Investigators at first didn’t know the extent and type of the victim’s injuries, so Ranney initially wasn’t charged with attempted murder, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said. The woman was in surgery when Ranney was arrested. The victim was stabbed in the face and received numerous lacerations on her neck. Her hands also were cut when she defended herself.

“He was trying to kill her,” Cordingly said.

The criminal complaint filed by the district attorney’s office says Ranney deliberated on the attack and committed the act “with the intent to cause the death” of the victim. Ranney waited outside his ex-girlfriend’s residence at the Aspen-Basalt Mobile Home Park in the predawn hours of Monday, Sept. 29, the report by the sheriff’s office says. He allegedly struck when she came out to start her car to leave for work. The woman’s screams alerted her roommate and her roommate’s boyfriend, who came to the victim’s aid.

Ranney fled the scene shortly after 6 a.m. He reported for work at a business in Basalt at 7:05 a.m. Officers from Basalt and Eagle County arrested him at the business without incident around 8:30 a.m.

No details have been released about when the relationship ended between the victim and Ranney.

Friends and colleagues of the victim have set up a fund to assist her recovery. The “Get Well Fund” has been established at Alpine Banks in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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