Steamboat fight cases progress in court
March 15, 2012
Steamboat Springs — A second man was booked into Routt County Jail this week related to a Jan. 6 fight at Torian Plum Plaza at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
Alan James Johnson, 26, of Florence, has been charged with second-degree assault, a Class 4 felony.
According to an affidavit for an arrest warrant filed with the courts, Steamboat Springs Police Department officers think Johnson punched a 25-year-old man in the face in Torian Plum Plaza causing a tooth to be dislodged and another tooth to fracture. The fight was broken up but started again later between the two groups. The groups were in Steamboat for MusicFest.
The second fight resulted in Johnson's friend, Kris Rubio, getting kicked in the head with steel-toed boots. He was treated for facial fractures at Yampa Valley Medical Center and released the same day.
An arrest affidavit states that Cody Austen Geldard, 24, of Texas, admitted to police that he kicked Rubio.
Geldard was arrested two days after the fight and has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault, both Class 4 felonies. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Routt County Court at 11 a.m. March 23.
Johnson posted a $50,000 personal-recognizance bond Tuesday and is due back in court at 2:30 p.m. May 16.
In addition to second-degree assault, Johnson has been charged with false reporting to authorities, a Class 4 misdemeanor. Officers stated Johnson gave them a false name.
Johnson did not return a phone call Wednesday seeking comment.
Dec. 11 downtown fight
A 10-day trial starting Aug. 20 has been scheduled for three men accused of being involved in a fight in downtown Steamboat on Dec. 11.
A fourth man, Jordan Daniel Rieber, 23, of Steamboat, has taken a plea deal offered by the Routt County District Attorney's Office. Rieber had been charged with two counts of second-degree assault, Class 4 felonies. He pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and is scheduled for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. March 28.
Police think Rieber along with Luke Jonas Warren, his brother Samuel James Warren and cousin Taylor Michael Gey-Weiss assaulted Thomas P. Murphy, who suffered a skull fracture in the fight that took place about 12:45 a.m. Dec. 11 at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. Murphy's younger brother also suffered facial injuries that required stitches.
According to a warrant, the Warren brothers, Gey-Weiss and Rieber were going to a bar when they ended up at the same intersection as the Murphy brothers. Rieber told police that one of the Murphy brothers got in Samuel Warren's face and tackled him to the ground. The warrant indicates that Luke Warren and Gey-Weiss told a similar story to police.
The Murphys told police a different story. After a conversation with the four men started "going the wrong way," Thomas Murphy's brother said he tried to flag down what he thought was a police car. It wasn't, and he said that was when he turned around and saw Samuel Warren punch his brother in the head, knocking him to the ground. When he tried to go to his brother's defense, the man said he, too, was punched in the head and knocked to the ground, at which point he curled into the fetal position while the other men kicked him.
Samuel Warren, 21, of Steamboat, was charged with three counts of second-degree assault, Class 4 and 5 felonies, third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor and possession of marijuana.
Luke Warren, 20, of Green Lane, Pa., was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, Class 4 felonies.
Taylor Michael Gey-Weiss, 20, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, Class 4 felonies.
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