Man faces second degree attempted murder charge after assaulting girlfriend’s ex with shovel – Greeley Tribune
A 30-year-old man arrested on allegations of attempted murder, assault and domestic violence after allegedly using a shovel to beat his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend has a court date scheduled for next month.
At approximately 5:19 a.m. on August 21, Greeley police responded to a disturbance call with weapons in the 2100 block of 7th Avenue.
The call indicated that a man was assaulting another man with a shovel. Several reports from people in the area told the dispatch that they heard a man screaming and that someone was possibly injuring him.
Upon arrival, officers located Jermaine Bell, 38, injured in an alley between 6th and 7th Avenues. The arrest records indicated that Bell had fresh blood on his arms, legs and face. He had deep cuts on both forearms, his left leg below the knee and on the top of his head.
The declarant, a 33-year-old woman, witnessed the assault on Bell and was with him when the police arrived. The victim and the witness confirmed that the suspect was no longer at the scene.
Bell was taken to Northern Colorado Medical Center for his injuries.
A Greeley police officer searched the crime scene and found an extended and bent baton. Bell informed officers that he used the baton to defend himself against the suspect, which the female witness confirmed in statements she made to police.
During her account of the incident, she explained to officers that she and Bell were a couple. She revealed that her most recent intimate relationship was with the suspect, Charles Andrew Aguilar, 30, who began in April 2021.
She feared for her safety, according to arrest records, as she had recently been the victim of domestic violence involving Aguilar. She informed officers that Aguilar had had issues with jealousy in the past and was concerned that other men were disrupting their relationship.
The day before the assault, the witness asked Bell to stay at his residence for security reasons. Shortly after 5 a.m., the two heard noises coming from outside and thought Aguilar was home. Before Bell could check things out, the door was violently opened, according to the woman’s account.
The police officer investigating the scene located a piece of the door frame that appeared to have been shattered by internal force, according to arrest records.
The woman said the man who broke down the door was Aguilar and he was carrying a working shovel. He walked over to Bell and started hitting him on the head with the gun. Aguilar said he was going to kill him, according to the witness.
At one point, the woman saw Bell raise his arms for protection, but Aguilar continued to hit her forearms. She said he was hit so hard that she heard the shovel break and the head came off the handle.
Aguilar didn’t stop the assault and used the grip to hit Bell. She estimated that Bell had been hit about 40 to 50 times.
As she called 911, the attack between the two continued outside. Although she heard Bell calling for help, the police advised her to stay inside until they arrived.
When she got out, she heard the sound of the tires deflating. On the spot, the police noticed that the four tires of his vehicles and those of Bell had been punctured. The damage cost a total of $ 1,350, according to arrest records.
Bell was also questioned by Greeley Police at the hospital. Bell said he came to live with his ex-girlfriend because he was aware of the domestic violence situation. He also stated that he knew Aguilar had violent tendencies, which is why he brought the staff to protect himself.
The Bell count also started after 5 a.m. when they heard noises outside. Soon after, the door was smashed down and Aguilar immediately started attacking him with a shovel. He said he was going to kill Bell.
The victim attempted to defend himself and could not find out how many times he was beaten, according to arrest records. When the head of the shovel fell, Bell said he had time to grab his stick. He attempted to use the weapon against Aguilar, but he failed.
Aguilar continued to hit him with the handle of the shovel. Aguilar also tried to forcefully push off a frame ladder. As Aguilar walked back to the door of the residence, Bell was able to hit him on the head with his baton. In response, Aguilar said, “I don’t feel pain.” The hit to the head is what police suspected of bending the baton, records show.
Bell said he then screamed as he ran away for help. He knocked on the doors of people and vehicles with his baton. Aguilar chased him with the handle of the shovel, which he attempted to use as a spear.
Aguilar heard sirens nearby and fled the scene heading east towards 6th Avenue on 21st Street, while Bell returned to the residence to contact the officers who responded.
Greeley Police located the shovel head in a gutter in the 2000 block of 6th Avenue. Several fresh blood stains were found at crime scenes and on vehicles in the area, according to arrest records. Residents in the area also told officers they saw Bell screaming and screaming for help and pounding on doors.
Based on witness reports and evidence found near the scene, police determined there was a probable reason to issue an arrest warrant against Aguilar.
On August 24, Aguilar was arrested by the Greeley Police Department and held in Weld County Jail on suspicion of the following counts: attempted second degree murder, second degree assault, two counts of criminal mischief and domestic violence.
Aguilar has a 2 p.m. decision hearing on October 14 at Weld District Court.