Downtown Steamboat bar fight leads to arrest, hospitalization
September 17, 2010
Steamboat Springs — A fight at a downtown Steamboat Springs bar ended with 25 stitches for one person and second-degree assault charges for the other.
Police arrested Steamboat resident Stephan Harrington, 42, on suspicion of second-degree assault after he reportedly hit Jordan Worden, 23, with a bar glass inside Ghost Ranch Saloon early Friday morning.
Ghost Ranch Saloon co-owner Amy Garris said the two men were unlikely fighters, and after reviewing surveillance video, it's still not clear what happened. She had left for the night by the time the fight broke out.
"It's something that sort of surprised me out of both of them," she said. "It caught the bartenders and managers off guard because it's two people we wouldn't typically expect any trouble from."
Harrington has worked as an advertising account representative for Steamboat TV18 since mid-July. Steamboat TV18 and the Steamboat Pilot & Today are owned by WorldWest LLC.
Worden was one of two Steamboat men injured in an explosion in Kremmling on Aug. 24 after paint fumes in a house ignited. He and Nate Gould have had several skin grafts since that time.
According to the police affidavit filed by Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer Jeff LaRoche, a witness reportedly saw Harrington on top of Worden.
The witness reported that Harrington then grabbed a pint glass "and struck the younger male in the head with it, causing it to break."
LaRoche said he was continuing to work on the case and go over witness statements, but it appears Harrington was the aggressor.
Sweetwater Grill owner Kim Haggarty said she was with Harrington when Worden approached her group to discuss a possible fundraiser for himself and Gould.
She said she didn't know what started the argument between the two.
Garris said that based on video surveillance, there was no apparent build-up to the fight.
"I don't think there was even a verbal or physical confrontation that led up to the whole situation, it happened very quickly," she said.
Garris said the video footage shows the two men go to the floor, then a crowd around them, then members of the crowd pulling them up, she said.
She said it's not clear from the video how the fight started.
Bouncers from the bar took Harrington to the bathroom to clean his wounds as police and emergency responders were called, according to the affidavit.
Harrington then reportedly left out the back of the bar, which was confirmed with Ghost Ranch video surveillance footage, according to the arrest affidavit.
Officers later found Harrington along River Road with cuts to his hand.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders took Worden and Harrington to Yampa Valley Medical Center. Worden received 25 stitches to his head, according to the affidavit, and Harrington got a number of stitches to his hand.
The affidavit also notes that Harrington allegedly told a hospital nurse that he received the cuts when he fell with a pint glass in his hand.
Harrington was arrested on charges of second-degree assault, a Class 4 felony, and was released on a $10,000 bond.
A phone message left with Harrington was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.
He was arraigned at 1 p.m. Friday. He is next scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Wednesday.