Knife assault suspect remains in jail

Construction-site fight ended bloodily

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— A construction worker arrested on suspicion of cutting another man with a razor knife remains in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing July 17.

Sergio Urias Chavez, 25, is charged with intent to cause bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon, a Class 4 felony. Chavez's bond was set at $5,000 and he is still in custody in the Routt County Jail.

Chavez was arrested June 15 at Quail Run, a condominium complex under construction on Whistler Road, after he and Rene Pompa, 42, had an argument which allegedly ended when Chavez cut Pompa on the forearm with an Exacto knife.

The two men gave police conflicting accounts about the altercation.

Chavez told police officer Kirby Blackman that Pompa arrived at the condominium Chavez was working at and the two began to argue about a past phone bill, according to a court document. Chavez reportedly told Pompa that he didn't want any trouble. Pompa then pushed Chavez up against a wall, Chavez told Blackman, so that Chavez couldn't breath and his only defense was to cut Pompa with a drywall knife. Chavez said he immediately left the scene and started working again.

Pompa told police that he did not know Chavez. He did admit the two argued, and said Chavez attacked him with both an Exacto knife and a drywall hatchet.

To reach Joleen Fuller call 871-4203 or e-mail jfuller@amigo.net

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