Violence erupts outside Edwards bar
EDWARDS – One week after three people were shot downvalley, two people were stabbed and two others hospitalized after a sprawling fight Saturday outside an Edwards bar. Police say between 20 and 30 people began fighting in front of the Rancho Viejo bar at closing time Saturday morning. Rancho Viejo is across Highway 6 from Riverwalk. Authorities on Saturday afternoon still weren’t sure what started the fight, said Capt. Bill Kaufman of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. “Two people were stabbed, four people went to the hospital and four people went to jail,” Kaufman said. “Investigators are still talking to the main witnesses to figure out what’s going on.”Two people, whose names have not been released, were stabbed with a “sharp-edged weapon,” he said. One of the men was having surgery on a stab wound in his abdomen Saturday afternoon, and the other was recovering from a stab wound to the groin, Kaufman said. Two others were taken to the hospital, one who is still being treated for a knee injury and another who had minor injuries and has already been released, he said. Four people were arrested and are being held in the Eagle County jail on the following charges: • Edwin Garcia-Estrada, 22, of Guatemala – first-degree assault.• Jonathan Blanco, 35, of Edwards – first-degree assault. • Enrique Arias, 26, unknown residence – disorderly conduct. • Oscar Nieto, 35, of Edwards – disorderly conduct.Detectives continue to investigate the fight, Kaufman said.
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.