Police release few details about downtown Steamboat fight

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Samuel James Warren

— Police released few additional details Tuesday about the Sunday morning fight that sent one man to a Denver hospital.

Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae identified the victim as Thomas P. Murphy, 27, of Illinois. Murphy was airlifted to a Denver hospital after suffering a head injury during the early morning fight. Rae said he wouldn’t elaborate on the extent of Murphy’s injuries because it’s part of an ongoing investigation.

“It appeared that he was going to be OK and he was going to recover from his injuries,” Rae said Tuesday. “Word we received was that he may even be released from the hospital as early as (Tuesday).”

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 were called with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters to a report of a fight at 12:53 a.m. Sunday.

Rae wouldn’t comment on the circumstances that led to the fight, nor would he provide any additional information about it.

Steamboat Detective Nick Bosick said Monday that police think as many as six people were involved in the fight. Bosick said Tuesday that there could be additional arrests as the investigation unfolds. There were none as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the arrest log at Routt County Jail.

Police still are urging anyone who saw the fight or know anything about it to contact them at 970-879-4344. Callers can remain anonymous.

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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