Authorities sorting out brawl
Glenwood Springs, CO, Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The Garfield County Sherrif’s Office continues to investigate a brawl that occurred last Saturday evening south of Glenwood Springs. The incident resulted in the arrests of five people and injuries to nearly 20 people, according to a preliminary report Sheriff Lou Vallario released Wednesday.
Investigators have learned that Victor Manuel Duarte Fabela, 21, of Glenwood Springs was at a party Saturday with friends.
Duarte had been arrested in Carbondale some time earlier for crimes against a group of people, and that case had recently been resolved.
The preliminary report from Vallario states that this same group of people attended the party on Saturday. Apparently when Duarte saw the group arrive in the driveway at the party, he and his friends ran to the car and began assaulting the occupants with at least one baseball bat, bottles, and possibly a knife and a gun.
Duarte, the only person arrested in the brawl to remain in custody at the jail, was identified as the person swinging the bat, the report states. Only one of the other four people arrested is believed to have been directly involved in the fight, and investigators are still trying to figure out if he was a victim or aggressor.
Other suspects are still being identified. One is believed to be a juvenile who put a handgun to a girl’s head. She reported hearing the gun making a clicking noise, although it was not fired.
There may be six to eight more people who could face charges in the incident, Vallario’s report indicated.
Two people involved in the brawl suffered serious injuries from being struck with the bat, including one with a broken eye socket. Two more people suffered broken noses, either from being hit by the bat or by bottles being thrown.
Another 15 people involved in the incident suffered minor injuries, including bruises, cuts and scrapes.
“The difficulty of the case is that many of the people have refused to say what happened,” according to Vallario’s early report. Juveniles at the party appear to be more concerned with being charged for underage drinking rather than “realizing that a couple people could have died.”
Many people fled from the scene, and neighbors made several calls to 911 with reports of people running through their yards and even their houses.
Vallario said the investigation will continue to determine more about what happened.
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