On Dec. 6, around 11 p.m., Mr. Blick was awakened in his hotel room at The Sebastian by a racket in the hallway. Half asleep, he opened the door to see what was going on and saw a man abusing a woman.
“The woman was being dragged down the hall,” he said, adding that he left his room to try and intervene.
“He launched an attack on me; I was totally unprepared.”
The man, Paris Aguilera Baeza, got the upper hand on Mr. Blick and put him in a choke hold that caused him to lose consciousness. Then the attacker left him for dead. Luckily, hotel staff members who were responding to the altercation performed CPR on Mr. Blick until paramedics could arrive.
“When they found me, I had went blue,” Mr. Blick said, adding that he wasn’t breathing and had no pulse. “I died for five minutes.”
Unable to breathe on his own, Mr. Blick was put on a ventilator by paramedics, who took him to the Vail Valley Medical Center. When he still could not breathe on his own, they transported him by helicopter to the Denver Health Medical Center, where he was put into an induced coma. He was brought out of the coma on Dec. 8, and although he suffered a concussion, doctors do not believe he has any permanent brain damage.
Mr. Blick said doctors have told him he might feel the effects of the concussion for several more weeks.
“My short-term memory is shot, but it should come back in a month or so,” he said.
Mr. Blick was released from the hospital last week and then flew to Miami, where he has a home, on Dec. 12. He said he is coming back to Cayman, where he is still a resident, on Thursday.
After the attack, police found the intoxicated Baeza hiding under the covers of one of his children’s bed. He was arrested and subsequently charged with numerous offenses, including attempted first-degree murder.
At arraignment, bail was set at $500,000 for Baeza, a Mexican national, and he was ordered to surrender his passport.
Unless there is some sort of plea agreement, Mr. Blick said, he will likely have to return to Colorado for a trial.
“I just found out [Baeza] is wanted in Mexico in connection with a $2.3 million fraud, so he’s not going anywhere.”
After he came out of the coma, Vail police gave him an award for being a good Samaritan, Mr. Blick said.
“I’m very proud of that,” he said, noting that he would try and intervene again if a similar situation arose. “No one has the right to abuse a child, a woman or an animal. So, yes, I would do it again. I would just hope I’d be a little more awake.”