Preliminary hearing rescheduled for suspected Steamboat bar shooter

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Steven Torres

— A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for the man accused of firing a gun toward three people June 9 outside a downtown Steamboat Springs bar.

Steven Torres still is in custody at the Routt County Jail. The preliminary hearing now is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 14. The purpose of the hearing is to decide whether there is enough evidence against Torres to warrant a trial.

According to an arrest affidavit, Torres had been kicked out of The Tap House Sports Grill on Lincoln Avenue when he fired into the bar toward two male bouncers and a woman. No one was hit by the bullet, and Torres quickly was arrested after the incident.

Torres’ bail has been set at $250,000.

Torres originally was charged with three counts of attempted murder. After reviewing the case, Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle chose to file two additional attempted murder charges and a charge alleging Torres illegally discharged a firearm. There also are five crime of violence charges that are known as sentence enhancers related to the use of a firearm.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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