Man arrested for punching 2 people in hotel brawl


— A 32-year-old Fort Collins man threatened to kill a police officer after police broke up a fight Monday night at the Holiday Inn.
Tony Ornelas is facing charges of attempting to influence a public servant and third-degree assault stemming from a fight that took place about 10:46 p.m. outside the hotel, 3190 S. Lincoln Ave.
According to a court file, Officer Matthew Harmon arrested Ornelas after breaking up a fight the man was involved in.
While Harmon was transporting Ornelas to jail, he repeatedly threatened Harmon. At one point, Ornelas allegedly said to Harmon, "He would come back and kill me," the file states.
Harmon and two other officers responded to the Holiday Inn after a fight was reported.
Ornelas was allegedly drunk and punched a patron and an employee after he was escorted out of the hotel, the file states.
The bartender told police Ornelas "had been causing a disturbance in the bar by repeatedly banging his glass on the bar," the file states.
The bartender asked Ornelas to leave. He was escorted outside by patrons and employees.
Ornelas then tried to walk back into the hotel. It was at this time that he allegedly punched a patron in the face. The employee intervened and was also punched in the face, the file states.
Ornelas was taken to the ground by the men and the fight was broken up when officers arrived, the file states.
While Harmon was investigating the fight, Ornelas ran from the scene. Harmon was able to catch the man in the parking lot. He told Harmon he ran because he is on parole, the file shows.
Harmon then arrested Ornelas and transported him to the Routt County Jail.
Ornelas told police that he was punched in the face by the bartender after a glass he was drinking out of fell to the floor, the file shows.
Ornelas claims that as he was leaving, six guys followed him out to the parking lot, where he punched one of them. He was then punched and kicked in the face, the file states.
Ornelas is being held on a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in a Routt County courtroom Oct. 3.

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail


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