Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Police search for stabbing suspect

Victim treated and released at St. Luke’s


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Hailey police are searching for a man they believe stabbed his girlfriend in the stomach during a domestic dispute early Sunday morning in southern Hailey.

An arrest warrant was issued Monday afternoon for 20-year-old Alberto Romero-Telles, who was last seen Sunday leaving the Balmoral Apartments complex where the stabbing occurred. Police reported in a news release that the suspect "has minimal family in Idaho or the United States and has strong family ties to Mexico."

Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said the woman suffered a stab wound in her upper abdomen and a slash wound on her left arm and was treated and released at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

"She lost a lot of blood," Gunter said. "It was far from life-threatening, but there was a lot of blood in the apartment."

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Gunter said the stabbing occurred around 1:30 a.m. but police didn't learn about it until 6:30 p.m. when notified by personnel at St. Luke's.

Gunter said Romero-Telles was living with the woman and allegedly "became upset because she went out without him."

"They got into a confrontation and he stabbed her in the stomach," the police chief said.

Gunter said the suspect fled after a friend of the woman arrived at the home.

Romero-Telles is described in a police news release as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black shirt and black shoes. His hair, black, is shaved on both sides and combed into a Mohawk.

The arrest warrant lists bond at $50,000. Anyone with information on Romero-Telles' whereabouts is asked to contact Hailey police at 788-3531.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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