Man arrested in attempted murder case

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A man who allegedly cut a bartender with a steak knife early Thursday morning was arrested Friday by the Steamboat Springs Police Department on suspicion of criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

Scott Razo, 34, reportedly was kicked out of Old Town Pub on Wednesday night after getting in an argument with another bar patron. Police Capt. Joel Rae said Razo allegedly returned to the bar with a knife and cut a bartender's neck when the bartender tried to kick him out again.

Officers were called to the scene at about 12:30 a.m. Razo was gone when officers arrived.

Razo reportedly had been drinking at the bar and was being unruly, so the bartender asked him to leave and not return. Razo reportedly was intoxicated when he left the bar and upset about being kicked out.

Razo reportedly returned to the bar 20 minutes after he left, entering through an unlocked back door and carrying one of the restaurant's steak knives. Razo was seen standing by the pool tables in the bar, and when the bartender saw Razo, he again asked him to leave, Rae said. The bartender reportedly escorted Razo out the back door, and Razo reportedly lunged at him, cutting the left side of his neck. The laceration was minor, and the man was treated at the scene by medical personnel, Rae said.

Another bar patron saw that Razo had a knife when the bartender approached him and decided to follow the men out of the restaurant to make sure everything was going to be OK. When the alleged assault happened, the bystander reportedly grabbed Razo and helped the bartender fight him off.

Razo then reportedly fled the scene on foot.

Officers searched the surrounding area Thursday morning but were unable to locate Razo.

Officers worked Friday to get a warrant issued for Razo's arrest and arrested him at about 4:15 p.m. at his residence in the 1700 block of Alexander Way, Rae said. Razo was arrested without incident.

Razo was taken to Routt County Jail, where he is being held without bond. The man will appear in court Monday.

"His intent was to get into a confrontation," Rae said.

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