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Carbondale: Assault suspect thought on the lam in Mexico

John Colson
Aspen Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Police are still searching for the suspect in an attack on a woman in Carbondale last month, but believe the man they’re looking for has fled to Mexico.

Lorenzo Garcia Martinez, 43, is wanted on charges of assault and attempted murder of his 30-year-old wife, whose name is being withheld, on June 20.

According to Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling, Martinez and his wife were involved in what Schilling called a “domestic dispute” in which he “stabbed her four times with a scissors.”

Martinez reportedly was dragging his wife outside of their apartment, located at 1434 Main St., but turned and headed back inside for an unknown reason. That gave his wife time to struggle to her feet and run to a car in the nearby parking lot to get help from the three people in the car.

Two officers showed up in response to the 911 call by one of the car’s occupants, but Martinez had already left the area and could not be found.

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His wife, according to Schilling, was hospitalized at Valley View Hospital and treated for several days before being released. She reportedly is now living in a safe house to protect her from further harm.

Schilling said a warrant was issued by a judge on June 21, and that officers have interviewed a number of neighbors and relatives of the couple, and were told by at least one of the interviewees that Martinez is believed to have reached Mexico to avoid prosecution.

Schilling said he was not sure whether extradition of Martinez back to Colorado would be pursued by the district attorney’s office, and the district attorney could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

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