Man faces charges after fight at Sebastian in Vail
Paris Aguilera Baeza is booked on charges of:
Criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder
VAIL — A Mexican man accused of beating a British citizen unconscious and leaving him near death faces an attempted murder charge.
Paris Aguilera Baeza and his girlfriend were staying in Vail’s Sebastian hotel, and he now faces attempted murder charges after he allegedly assaulted Jason Blick in a hallway. Blick had tried to stop Aguilera Baez from assaulting his girlfriend, according to the arrest affidavit.
‘Fighting for his life’
Blick was unconscious and not breathing when hotel staffers heard about the confrontation and came to investigate.
When a Sebastian staffer found Blick, he was “fighting for his life,” had no pulse and was turning blue, according to the arrest affidavit.
Hotel staffers started performing CPR on him and kept him alive until paramedics arrived and took Blick to the Vail Valley Medical Center. At the hospital, he remained unresponsive and couldn’t breathe on his own. He needed a respirator to breathe during his helicopter flight to Denver Health Center and also after his arrival, the arrest report said.
Blick recovered enough to be discharged from Denver Health Medical Center on Tuesday.
It started around 11 p.m. Sunday when Vail police responded to a report of a man knocked unconscious in a fight at Vail’s Sebastian hotel.
Blick’s girlfriend, who was staying with him in the Sebastian, told police she heard a woman screaming in the hallway. She looked out to see a woman being pushed “violently” against a wall, and then down the hallway, according to the affidavit.
She asked Blick to help the woman, and after he left the room, she closed the hotel room door to protect her child.
Through the door’s peephole she saw Aguilera Baeza and his girlfriend pass the room. She opened the door, looked out in the opposite direction and saw Blick lying unconscious on the floor, she told police.
Aguilera Baeza’s girlfriend told police that Blick tackled Aguilera Baeza. Somehow, Aguilera Baeza wrapped Blick in a martial arts hold called a “rear naked choke hold,” where the aggressor’s forearm is wrapped around the victim’s trachea, according to the document.
Caught hiding under the covers
Police arrived moments later and found Aguilera Baeza in a hotel room, lying under the covers in one of two children’s beds. Police said they spotted a “man-sized lump” in the bed, and asked Aguilera Baeza’s girlfriend to pull the covers back. Aguilera Baeza, 40 years old, 5 feet 1 inch and 180 pounds, was lying there with his eyes closed, wearing jeans and a shirt, the affidavit said.
It took three tries for officers to finally roust Aguilera Baeza, and they asked him to come to the hall to speak with them so they wouldn’t wake the children sleeping in the room.
Police said he smelled of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and he was bleeding from the side of his head.
He told police he’d had too much to drink and the altitude had gotten to him.
He said his girlfriend was “going crazy” in the hallway, and slapped him in the mouth and right ear, according to the affidavit.
Aguilera Baeza said when Blick’s girlfriend came into the hallway and shouted at them, he started pushing his girlfriend down the hall.
Aguilera Baez, who lists his occupation as “self-employed lawyer,” made his first court appearance Tuesday morning, where Eagle County Judge Katharine Sullivan set his bond at $500,000 and ordered him to surrender his passport.
Courtney Gilbert, the deputy district attorney, asked the judge for such a high bond because she considers Aguilera Baeza a flight risk.
He has also been in trouble in Mexico for trying to defraud $2.4 million from the State of Jalisco in Mexico, Gilbert said.
Official charges will be filed by Friday. Baeza is due back in court at 10 a.m. on Dec. 22.