Mexican attorney to fight assault charges
EAGLE — A Mexican attorney is denying he assaulted anyone and will fight the charges at trial.
Paris Aguilera Baeza pleaded not guilty Monday to assaulting Jason Blick during an altercation in a hallway of Vail’s Sebastian hotel in December of 2015. The five-day trial is scheduled to begin on May 30.
Baeza, 40, is charged with two counts of assault and a couple of misdemeanors for what prosecutors and police are calling a “Good Samaritan” incident.
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Baeza’s defense attorney, Jim Fahrenholtz, said during an earlier hearing that he likes his client’s chances.
“The physical and medical evidence in this case will dispute the victim’s (Blick’s) claims,” Fahrenholtz said.
Baeza is not a flight risk, Fahrenholtz said. Baeza owns a home in Florida and has traveled back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico more than 150 times in his life, Fahrenholtz said.
What police say happened
According to Vail police documents, staffers at the Sebastian hotel in Vail found Blick unconscious in the hall after Blick rushed Baeza and tackled him. Blick’s girlfriend said she saw Baeza assaulting a woman. Blick had been choked, police said.
Vail Police Officer Dan Torgerson was the first officer to respond to the scene of the incident.
During testimony in this week’s hearing, Torgerson said that during a search of Baeza’s room he spotted a “man-sized” lump in one of the beds. Torgerson said he pulled back the sheets and blankets and uncovered Baeza, curled up in a ball and wearing jeans and a shirt.
Torgerson said that during an interview Baeza admitted to drinking some tequila that evening. Torgerson said Baeza’s lip was cut and his ear was bleeding as a result of the altercation.
Baeza told Torgerson that a woman came out of the room and was “acting crazy.” He said he pushed his wife down the hall to get her away from the woman. Baeza told Torgerson that’s when Blick attacked him from behind, striking him at least twice.
Baeza said he defended himself.
Blick was rushed to the Vail Valley Medical Center and later flown by helicopter to Denver Health Center.
Blick lives in Grand Cayman, where he is the former chief executive officer of Cayman Enterprise City.
“When they found me, I had went blue,” Blick told Alan Markoff with the Cayman Compass. He said he wasn’t breathing and had no pulse.
“I died for five minutes,” he said.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached by calling 970-748-2935 and emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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