Man stabbed at Eagle gas station
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE ” A man was stabbed three times in the parking lot of the Loaf ‘N Jug gas station near the Interstate 70 interchange around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Eagle Police Chief Rodger McLaughlin said.
The man was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center and was undergoing surgery Tuesday night, McLaughlin said. The suspect in the incident, Jimmy Lee Sena, 19, also was taken to the hospital and was treated for minor injuries, he said.
McLaughlin said he did not know how serious the man’s stabbing wounds were. He did not release that man’s name Tuesday night.
A woman, whose name was not released, was with the men and was not injured in the incident, McLaughlin said.
A witness saw the Sena running toward the Best Western Lodge and Sena was arrested, McLaughlin said.
A police officer was interviewing Sena at the hospital as authorities were investigating a dark part of the gas station’s parking lot surrounded by yellow tape.
McLaughlin didn’t release further details, but two employees of the gas station described the incident as a dispute between the woman’s husband and Sena, whom she’d been dating.
Kim Simpson, a sales clerk at the gas station, said the woman worked at the Loaf ‘N Jug and had been with Sena outside the store.
Simpson said she was taking a break from work and was smoking a cigarette in her car when she heard the woman yell, “stop” and “quit.” Simpson got out of her car and saw Sena ” and the woman’s husband ” rolling on the ground, she said.
Then the woman grabbed the knife from one of the men ” Simpson said she did not know who.
The husband stood up, looked at Sena, and raised his arm to show Sena a bloody wound on his back, Simpson said. Simpson called 911, she said.
“He was bleeding pretty good,” Simpson said about the husband.
“I think he was OK,” she said. “But you never know.”
The woman had been dating Sena for a couple weeks, said Shannon Lemmens, a sales clerk who was trying to watch the cash register and empty out the garbage as Simpson smoked outside.
“I missed all of the excitement,” Lemmens said.
Last week, the woman told her husband about Sena, and everyone who worked at the gas station knew about the woman’s affair, she said.
“There are not a lot of secrets in this place,” she said.
Lemmens had been “dreading a confrontation between those three,” she said.
“They both wanted her,” she said about the men. “Neither one wanted to let go.”
Sena was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful use of a deadly weapon and is being held in Eagle County jail, McLaughlin said.
Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.