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Man charged with attempted murder after domestic disturbance

By KRDO.com Staff
Published On: Oct 02 2012 03:27:14 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 03 2012 11:27:19 AM CDT

Ex-sister-in-law explains motives in violent domestic dispute in Falcon.

FALCON, Colo. -

A man has been charged with attempted murder, among other charges, after a domestic disturbance in Falcon on Monday evening.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Chandler Saso, 34, got into a fight with Nicole Peterson over custody of their year-old child, Mason.

Chandler allegedly assaulted and choked Peterson throughout this fight which caused her to lose consciousness.  Peterson was able to take Mason to a nearby shopping center but Saso followed her there.  The assault continued at the shopping center, according to the Sheriff's Office. 

Saso took Mason and returned to a home on Capel Point where a former relative lives.  Peterson went there with her sister to get Mason.  Peterson was able to take Mason from the home and got into the passenger's side of her sister's car.  As her sister began to drive away, Saso jumped onto the car and began striking the windshield.

Saso fell from the car while it was moving, causing serious injuries, the Sheriff's Office said.  He was transported to a local hospital via Flight for Life.

Saso is charged with attempted first-degree murder, third-degree assault, second degree-kidnapping, criminal mischief and domestic violence.  He will be held at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center once he is released from the hospital.

Felicia Atkins, who said she is Saso's former sister-in-law, doesn't believe that he tried to hurt Peterson.

"He came out here because she had taken (Mason) from California," said Atkins.  "He has custody of him, and came here to get him.  He was going to try to make it work with her."

Atkins said Saso cared only about protecting Mason and bringing him back home.

"He's not a violent person," said Atkins.  "(Peterson) kept fighting him and was laying her hands on him.  He was trying to push her off."

Atkins said Saso suffered a concussion and underwent surgery for a shattered leg.

"He's a little at fault, yeah," said Atkins.  "But (Peterson and her sister) are mainly at fault.  Who runs down somebody?  I think they did it intentionally."

Atkins said Saso had planned to return to California on Wednesday, with or without Mason.  She hopes Peterson and her sister eventually will be arrested and charged.

"For somebody to do that with a child in the car, it was just mean," said Atkins.  "That's wrong."

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