Assailant stabs 3 in downtown fight
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Three men were stabbed early Friday morning during a fight that broke out along 7th Street as the bars cleared out. Two of the men suffered injuries that required surgery, while the other suffered a cut to his leg that required three stitches. Police were still compiling reports on the attack on Friday and didn’t release any information.One of the stabbed men, Tom Rowan, 42, of Glenwood Springs, said it seemed like a “hate crime” to him. Rowan said he and his friend, after the bars were closed, were walking toward their car, which was parked in front of BSR Sports on 7th Street, about 1:30 a.m. when they noticed the guy behind them had been attacked. “Me and Mike went back to help him,” Rowan said in a phone interview from Valley View Hospital.He said he doesn’t know Mike’s last name, but Mike was one of the three people who was stabbed. “We didn’t realize he had a knife flailing around,” Rowan said. Rowan said the fight occurred in front of Pepponino Dining Room on 7th Street. Rowan said the man who was first attacked, Jon Bauer, 27, of Carbondale, didn’t appear to do anything to provoke the attack. “I didn’t hear anything, anyway,” he said. Rowan said the knife, a folding knife with about a 4 1/2-inch blade, was thrown to the ground after the attack. “I was like, ‘Man, this dude stabbed us,'” Rowan said. “He only got me once, but he stabbed me in the stomach, so they had to drain the blood from my stomach. … I got the worst of it.”Rowan was at Valley View Hospital recovering from surgery on Friday.Bauer confirmed he did nothing to provoke the attack. He was also recovering from surgery at Valley View Hospital on Friday”I think he was just (angry),” Bauer said. “I know I didn’t make anybody mad that evening.”The attacker cut Bauer in the right side of his abdomen. Doctors performed surgery to check if any internal organs were damaged – none were – then stitched him back up. Bauer and Rowan described the attacker as a short, stocky man, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, with short, dark hair. “I didn’t see his face because it was down and he was in attack mode,” Rowan said. The attacker reportedly was a passenger in a cream-colored late 1970s Ford pickup truck with an open bed – no topper. Police were still compiling reports on the attack on Friday. As of Saturday night, Glenwood Springs police Sgt. Wagstrom would say only that the case “is still under investigation.” “We haven’t had one of these for a while,” police Lt. Bill Kimminau said of the stabbing.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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