Fight at Yampa home leads to arrests


— Four people were sent to jail Friday night on suspicion of barging into a Yampa house and provoking a fight, the Routt County Sheriff's Office said.

Three Yampa residents and a Toponas man are alleged to have stormed into a home on Second Street and started fighting with four men inside the house.

Roger Dean Bratton, 35, and his wife, Tonya Dene Bratton, 35, both of Yampa, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and third-degree assault.

Kenneth Roger Trout, 24, of Yampa and Marvin Charles Laman, 30, of Toponas were arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespassing.

The sheriff's report said that the group entered the home in the 400 block of West Second Street uninvited and that everybody started brawling.

The owner of the house is alleged to have been thrown to the ground and put in a chokehold by Roger Bratton, and Tonya Bratton is alleged to have slapped one of the other men in the house, Sheriff John Warner said.

The sheriff's report noted that all those arrested had been consuming alcohol.

Trout was said to be dating the homeowner's daughter and not "getting along well" with him.

When the sheriff's office arrived about 9:40 p.m., they said the fight was over and that those who provoked the fight were gone.

The four suspects were booked into the Routt County Jail early Saturday morning. Trout and Laman were released Saturday on $2,000 bail.

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