Man arrested for assault

Victim lost front tooth in February incident


— A 19-year-old Virginia man who allegedly knocked a tooth out of the mouth of a Colorado Mountain College student during a fight in February was recently arrested.

James Sellers Jr. of Virginia Beach was arrested by the Routt County Sheriff's Office Wednesday. He was taken into custody on an arrest warrant issued in April.

Sellers was booked into the Routt County Jail, and his bond was set at $1,000. He faces felony charges of second-degree assault causing serious bodily injury and first-degree criminal trespass.

According to court records, Sellers allegedly assaulted a man at a party during the night of Feb. 23. The fight started after the victim, who was hosting the party, told Sellers he was not welcome at the gathering, records show.

The man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center where he was treated for injuries he received, including the loss of a front tooth. The man's medical bills totaled $3,500, including the cost to replace the tooth.

Sellers allegedly head-butted the man in the head and then threw him to the ground, records show. Sellers then held the man down and repeatedly punched him in the face, records show.

The victim did not report the alleged assault until March 8. The man told police he did not report it the night of the alleged incident because he had been drinking and feared he would be cited for underage drinking, records show.

The man also told police Sellers had talked to him and his father, and the suspect was willing to pay for the medical bill.

The man reported the alleged assault after Sellers allegedly reneged on paying for the medical care, records show.

Sellers' next appearance in Routt County Court is set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12.


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