Four individuals are being charged with criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder after they allegedly entered a Cañon City man’s home, where one man proceeded to choke him and threaten to kill him and two other individuals took his children.
According to an arrest affidavit, David Mark Hayes, 46, Marta Danielle Helsel, 24, Nicholas Griffith Machart-Kline, 23, and Trenton Michael Nordby, 29, were arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, child abuse, criminal mischief, first-degree criminal trespass and false imprisonment.
Helsel, who is in the process of divorcing the victim, also is charged with domestic violence.
Colorado Department of Corrections confirmed Monday that Helsel briefly was employed as a correctional officer for DOC in 2019.
Authorities were dispatched to a mobile home at 1616 Chestnut at 6:18 p.m. June 19 after the victim – whose name will not be released because he is an alleged victim of domestic violence – had gone to his neighbor’s home to get help because he had just been assaulted.
Upon arrival, deputies found the victim to be “very distraught, scared and shaking.” He told authorities that he had been assaulted and his children had been taken.
Deputies noticed what appeared to be marks on his mouth, head, arms and hands and blood on his lips, hands and arms.
The victim said his parents had left to get pizza for the family for dinner when he heard someone at the door. He told his daughter to stay in the living room when Helsel and her new boyfriend, Machart-Kline, walked in but quickly were told to leave.
“Nicholas then got in his face and started flexing his arms,” the affidavit states. “Marta picked up (the child) and Nicholas pushed him. Nicholas then started choking him with both hands around his neck.”
Hayes and Nordby then entered the home and Helsel said, “kill him,” as Hayes stepped between Machart-Kline and the victim, the affidavit states. Hayes told Machart-Kline to grab all the children, who did so and set them outside the home.
The victim said Hayes held him down by a desk in the living room while someone took his phone.
Helsel and Machart-Kline left with the children in a vehicle while Hayes punched the victim repeatedly while telling him he was going to kill him.
The victim said Nordby tried to talk Hayes into leaving, but he continued to tell him he was going to kill him while “choking him and hitting him multiple times all over his body.”
“He was trying to escape out the window when (Hayes) pushed the kitchen table into him while stating ‘You are going to go with us or you or going to die,’” the affidavit states. “He was then hit with a dustpan – which broke – and a broom on the head.”
The victim was able to leap out of the kitchen window, landing on his side, and then ran to his neighbor’s house for help.
He told authorities he believed that the four suspects would have killed him.
Hayes and Nordby soon were located in the area of 1611 Ash St., where they were taken into custody.
Authorities requested dispatch ping Machart-Kline and Helsel’s phones, which led officers to their car at 2070 Seven Arrow Drive in Colorado Springs. Both suspects were taken into custody by the Colorado Springs Police Department just after 9:30 p.m. and were transported to the Fremont County Jail.
The affidavit states that Helsel and Machart-Kline had been at the FCSO lobby and had spoken with deputies on two different occasions. Machart-Kline reportedly had asked what would happen if he had someone distract the victim “by having some men beat him up and they grabbed the kids.”
All four suspects are scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday for filing of charges.
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