Glenwood man accused of murder attempt

A man has been charged with first-degree attempted murder after deliberation in connection with an alleged attack involving a tire iron outside a bank in Glenwood Springs.

Daniel Hernandez-Pineda, 38, of Glenwood Springs, is accused of attacking a man dating the woman he used to be in a relationship with, and injuring her as well.

He is being held in Garfield County Jail and bond has been set at $75,000.

According to a Glenwood Springs Police arrest affidavit, the incident happened Feb. 11 after Maria Gody-Hernandez and Jesse Villagrana went into the Alpine Bank on Grand Avenue to get cash. It said the two had gotten back into her vehicle when Hernandez-Pineda forced his way into the vehicle and began striking Villagrana with a red tire iron about 18 to 24 inches long, and also struck the vehicle. Villagrana got out of the vehicle and Hernandez-Pineda continued striking him, and Gody-Hernandez got out to try to defend Villagrana and was hit in the arm and wrist with the tire iron in the process, the affidavit said.

It said Villagrana told police he was struck on the head, his ears began ringing and he thinks he blacked out, and when he came to Hernandez-Pineda was still striking him. Villagrana said Hernandez-Pineda said nothing during the attack, and eventually ran toward the nearby Bradley gas station.

A police detective later saw a man matching Hernandez-Pineda’s description in the parking lot at City Market, farther down Grand Avenue, reportedly trying to get the detective’s attention by waving his arms. After arresting Hernandez-Pineda, the detective found in the parking lot a vehicle with the same license plate as that of a vehicle a witness had said she had seen a man entering with a red stick at the Bradley station before driving away.

Hernandez-Pineda later told police he hadn’t struck the couple with a weapon, the affidavit said. It said that when arrested, he had a torn shirt and some small abrasions on his knuckles and superficial scratches on his stomach.

According to the affidavit, Gody-Hernandez and Hernandez-Pineda either used to date or were married. She told police she left him due to physical abuse and began dating Villagrana, and Hernandez-Pineda had been trying to get her back since she left him, calling her almost daily and threatening to kill Villagrana if she didn’t leave him. Villagrana told police Hernandez-Pineda had come to his workplace, Burger King, and threatened him.

A doctor at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs told police Villagrana had a brain hemorrhage and would have died if he hadn’t undergone emergency surgery.

Hernandez-Pineda also faces charges including violating restraining orders that had been imposed to protect Villagrana and Gody-Hernandez.

Hernandez-Pineda is being represented by public defenders. He’s a 14-year Glenwood Springs resident and has no felony convictions.


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