EAGLE, Colo. — A man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and a Good Samaritan who came to her defense in Vail earlier this month appeared in court Tuesday on various charges, according to the office of the District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District of Colorado.
Paris Aguilera Baeza, 40, a Mexico national, is being held on suspicion of charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, false imprisonment and harassment for an alleged attack in a Vail hotel on Dec. 6.
According to witnesses, Jason Blick, a British citizen, was found unconscious by Vail police in The Sebastian Hotel hallway after he tried to stop Baeza from allegedly hitting his girlfriend. The girlfriend told police that Blick had tackled Baeza, who then recovered enough to put Blick in a chokehold, blocking his airway and forcing him to lose consciousness as a result.
Baeza and his girlfriend fled to a room in the hotel, according to the DA’s office, after Blick became unconscious. Baeza was later found hiding under bed sheets by Vail Police.
Eagle County Judge Katharine Taylor Sullivan ordered Baeza to be held on a $500,000 bond and to surrender his Republic of Mexico passport. Baeza’s next Eagle County Court appearance is for a preliminary demand hearing on Jan. 19, 2016 at 9 a.m.