Assault victim out of hospital

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A Steamboat Springs man who was injured in a suspected assault Sunday morning was released from a Denver hospital Tuesday.

Police say James Jeffrey Looney Jr., 21, was assaulted early Sunday morning in a downtown alley by unknown assailants, resulting in a facial fracture and a brain hemorrhage.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department's investigation into the incident is ongoing, Detective Jerry Stabile said Tuesday. He wouldn't provide any details on the case.

What is known is that Steamboat Springs police were called to the 600 block of Oak Street at about 7:35 a.m. Sunday for a report of a broken car windshield in the alley. When an officer arrived, he found Looney in the street, attempting to stand up.

Looney told police he had been out with friends at a bar Saturday night. After his friends left, he met a different group of men and began talking with them. The men told Looney he could go to their house, and according to police, the last thing Looney remembers is walking down an alley near Oak Street.

It appeared Looney was knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly, Officer JD Paul, who responded to the scene, said Sunday. Paul said the victim tried to enter a nearby vehicle, and when that effort failed, he climbed inside a parked SUV.

Police found blood inside the SUV, where Looney apparently spent the remainder of the evening. The owners of that vehicle declined to press charges.

Looney moved to Steamboat Springs from Georgia about two weeks ago.

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

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