John Anthony Vasquez is being held on 2 million dollar bail after being accused of pouring gasoline on his girlfriend and lighting her on fire with her two children close by at Clear Creek County campsite.
The 32-year-old faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and a violation of a protective order.
Christina Archuleta was flown to University Hospital and remains in critical condition with third-degree burns on about 60 percent of her body, mostly her torso. According to the arrest affidavit, Vargas, Archuleta and her two sons were on an unscheduled camping trip on Friday.
According to one of the boys, that Thursday the two got into an argument and Vasquez kicked her. She then punched him in the face and split his lip. One of the boys was right next to his mother when Vasquez poured gasoline fluid on her and lit the lighter. The boy tried to pour water on her to put out the fire, while Vasquez stood there and laughed.
The second child said he wasn't there to see the incident but heard the screaming and tried to put out the fire. One of the boys told the police that Vasquez kicked dirt on Archuleta, while one of the boys called 911 saying, "Johnny spilled gasoline on mom and lit a lighter."
Vasquez is due back in court on July 6. In setting bond, Judge Jonathan Shamis said "in (his) 30-year legal career, he had never seen such a serious allegation."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with Archuleta's medical bills and child care. By this time, the page has reached the half way point of their $10K goal.
"Tina has a long road ahead of her, but she is a fighter," reads the page description, set up by Archuleta's family. "She will be facing many surgeries, physical therapy, and many months in the hospital. We are asking your help with the expenses that will be arriving in the months ahead as her life has been forever changed due to this horrific tragedy."