Man airlifted to Denver after downtown Steamboat fight

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— Police are investigating an early Sunday morning fight that resulted in a man being flown to a Denver hospital because of a head injury.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Nick Bosick said as many as six people were involved in the altercation that took place at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. Bosick said the man, who is in his 20s and from out of state, is expected to be OK. His name and more detailed information about the altercation or the man’s injury weren’t available Monday.

Police arrested Samuel James Warren, 21, of Steamboat Springs, on suspicion of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and possession of marijuana in connection with the incident.

Police and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue were first called to a report of a fight at 12:53 a.m. Sunday. On Monday afternoon, officers taped off a small area at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue to complete “follow-up” on the investigation, Bosick said. He wouldn’t elaborate, but he urged anyone who saw the fight or knows anything about it to call the police department at 970-879-4344.

“We’re looking for anybody and everybody with information about this incident,” he said.

Sunday’s fight was at the same intersection where Richard Lopez suffered fatal injuries in an altercation in January 2009. Lopez, who was a sergeant first class in the Army, died of severe head and brain trauma in a Denver hospital three days after the fight. Eduardo Capote eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to three years in prison and three years on parole for his role in Lopez’s death.

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