Woman suspected of stabbing boyfriend in Steamboat

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Laura V. Latorre Sanchez

— Bond was set at $5,000 on Thursday for a 24-year-old Steamboat Springs woman police said admitted to stabbing her boyfriend with a knife Tuesday night.

Laura Vanessa Latorre-Sanchez, who recently moved to Steamboat from Florida to live with her boyfriend, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault related to domestic violence. The Routt County District Attorney’s Office had not filed charges as of Thursday morning.

The incident occurred at a residence at 3341 Après Ski Way. The victim, Jon Champion, told police he slipped and fell on a blunt object, but police suspected that was not what happened. Police found a bloody knife in the sink, and the handle had been broken off.

Champion told police he was “inebriated” and “I fell on my own sword.”

According to an arrest affidavit filed in Routt County Court, the doctor who treated Champion told police that the wound was about 3/4 inches deep, and the weapon had hit a rib, which kept it from going into Champion’s chest. The doctor told police it was likely someone had stabbed Champion.

After being treated for the injury, Champion was taken to detox. According to the affidavit, Champion was intoxicated, and police thought he was a danger to himself.

Sanchez initially denied stabbing Champion. She said that earlier in the day, she went with a roommate and got an 18-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a bottle of Fireball liqueur. Sanchez, Champion and the roommate spent the rest of the day drinking, the affidavit states. Sanchez told police she was in the bedroom when Champion came in bleeding.

Sanchez told police there was tension in the relationship. She was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for mental health treatment.

On Wednesday, police talked to Sanchez at YVMC, and according to the affidavit, she told them she did not mean to stab Champion. Sanchez said Champion was arguing with her while she was in the kitchen, and she could “feel” Champion getting closer to her, so she grabbed a knife from the counter to “scare him.”

“She said that Champion was much closer than she realized, and she stabbed him,” the affidavit states.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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