Man tried to strangle woman, Avon cops say |

Man tried to strangle woman, Avon cops say

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON ” An illegal immigrant who tried to strangle his ex-girlfriend to death was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder Wednesday, said Detective Paul Arnold of the Avon Police Department.

Gustavo Adolfo Aparicio Romero, 19, of Honduras, saw Dania Carolina Martinez-Nunez, 21, of Honduras, in Nottingham park and approached her with an orange box cutter or drywall knife around noon, Arnold said.

He then tried to drag her to his car, but she broke free and ran back toward her mother’s apartment in West Lake Village, Arnold said.

Romero caught up to her in a stairwell in the complex and tried to strangle her, Arnold said.

Martinez-Nunez said Romero stopped strangling her when she heard someone come in the stairwell, Arnold said.

“She was scared for her life,” Arnold said. “She thought he was going to kill her.”

Chief Brian Kozak saw Romero getting into his car on the west side of Nottingham Park, drew his gun and arrested Romero, Arnold said.

Martinez-Nunez had scrapes and scratches on her neck, bite marks and a bump on her head and was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center, where she was treated and released, Arnold said.

Romero admitted to strangling Martinez-Nunez, but only because she was strangling him, Arnold said.

Romero had no marks on his neck, Arnold said.

Romero said that he and Martinez-Nunez had planned to meet in the park, but Martinez-Nunez said she was walking from her mother’s apartment to Burger King. Arnold did not know how the two met in the park, he said.

Romero also was arrested on suspicion of felony second-degree kidnapping for dragging Martinez-Nunez toward his car before she broke free and felony criminal possession of a forged instrument, felony criminal impersonation and assault, Arnold said.

Martinez-Nunez is also an illegal immigrant, but police will get her a visa so she can stay in the country while Romero is being prosecuted, Arnold said.

Romero was being transported to the Eagle County jail Wednesday night and U.S. Immigrations and Customs will make sure he stays in custody, Arnold said.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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