Man in fair condition after assault outside Steamboat Springs grocery store |

Man in fair condition after assault outside Steamboat Springs grocery store

Matthew Shane Merritt Penrose

— A man was in fair condition Tuesday at Swedish Medical Center in Denver after police said he was beaten severely Sunday night by a man in the City Market parking lot in Steamboat Springs.

Matthew Shane Merritt Penrose, 26, who is listed as a transient, has been formally charged with second-degree assault with bond set at $20,000.

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an assault at the City Market parking lot at 8 p.m. Police found Mark Balsiger, 34, of Steamboat, sitting between two cars in a pool of blood with a bloodied face. When police later talked to him at Yampa Valley Medical Center, Balsiger said the last thing he remembered was being at a downtown bar.

Police interviewed several witnesses who saw what happened. According to an affidavit filed in Routt County Court, the witnesses saw the two men arguing at the front entrance of the grocery store. They continued arguing in the parking lot, and the situation escalated. According to the affidavit, Penrose slapped Balsiger, punched him and then pushed him into a truck. While on the ground, Penrose then stomped and kicked Balsiger in the head, the affidavit states.

The witnesses went to break up the fight, and Penrose fled toward a bus stop.

Police took Penrose into custody at the bus stop. According to the affidavit, Penrose saw Balsiger being loaded into an ambulance and said, "Guess he shouldn't have disrespected me."

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Doctors told police that Balsiger suffered a brain bleed and had multiple fractures to his face. Because of the brain bleed, Balsiger was flown to Swedish Medical Center so he could be monitored by a neurological team.

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