Cops: Music teacher attacked woman in Eagle-Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” A local high school teacher was arrested on suspicion of attacking a woman last week, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.
Lewis H. Stahl, 38, allegedly held his arm against the woman’s throat and pulled her hair as she lay on a couch in an Eagle-Vail home around midnight Dec. 28, says a report written by Master Deputy Aaron Veldheer. The woman’s name is being withheld.
Stahl has been a music teacher at Battle Mountain High School since 2006.
“As far as these accusations, we can’t really comment,” said Brooke Skjonsby, spokeswoman for Eagle County School District.
Stahl pulled the woman’s hair “so hard she thought he would rip chunks out of her scalp,” the woman said in a statement, the report says.
The woman said Stahl had “a number” of cocktails while at an Avon bar with the woman, who later drove Stahl and herself to the Eagle-Vail home.
Stahl said the woman attacked him in a bedroom in the condominium before the incident on the couch, the report says.
The woman said Stahl pinned her on the couch and held his arm against her throat for a couple minutes. Then Stahl grabbed and threw the woman’s cell phone when she called 911. A police dispatcher heard a woman crying in the background and was able to find where she was, the report says.
The woman said she tried to get away as Stahl grabbed her arm and shouted in her face, the report says.
Stahl let the woman go and she gathered her cell phone, shoes, coat and bag and left the condominium, the report says. Veldheer arrived as the woman was trying to leave in the car, the report says.
The woman was neither ticketed nor arrested in the incident, said Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
Stahl was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault, obstruction of telephone services and domestic violence, all misdemeanors. He was released from Eagle County jail Dec. 28 on a $5,000 personal bond.
A message left on Stahl’s phone at Battle Mountain High School was not returned Thursday afternoon. Stahl also was not listed in the phone book, and according to jail records, Stahl did not have an attorney.
Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or email@example.com.
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