Steamboat man arrested after shooting at downtown bar
June 9, 2012
Steamboat Springs — A 57-year-old Steamboat Springs man is in custody after police say he shot at bouncers at The Tap House Sports Grill at about 11 p.m. Friday. No one was injured.
According to a Steamboat Springs Police Department news release, Steven Torres was kicked out of the bar after making inappropriate comments toward women. While being kicked out, police said, Torres told the bouncers he was going to shoot or kill them.
"Once Torres was outside the establishment on Lincoln Avenue, he retrieved a semiautomatic handgun out of his pocket and advanced toward the bouncers," the release states. "The bouncers subsequently fled into the Tap House, and as they were running down the entryway stairwell, Torres fired a single shot at them from close proximity."
No one was hit, and Sgt. Scott Middleton said Saturday that Torres fled on foot and quickly was caught about a block away in the 600 block of Yampa Street.
"It was pretty much a miracle that no one was shot," Middleton said.
He said that during a search of Torres, officers found a semiautomatic handgun in his pocket.
Tap House owner Melissa Baker released a statement Saturday thanking police officers for their quick response and supporting the actions of her staff.
"I am proud of my staff for diverting a potentially dangerous situation away from the public quickly and efficiently. We strive to provide a safe and fun environment every day, and we intend to keep doing so," Baker wrote.
Baker, who was managing Tuesday night, said that the bar was not particularly busy when the incident occurred and that Torres stood out. She said he was standing at the bar alone, was not drinking and had sunglasses and headphones on. Baker said that no one at the bar recognized Torres and that he had identification from Arizona. She said Torres was staring and smirking at people.
"When Torres walked into our establishment, we felt that something wasn't right; once he started making people feel uncomfortable, we escorted him out of the bar," Baker wrote.
She said that everyone in the bar heard the gunshot and that those involved still were a little shaken Saturday. Baker said she, two bouncers and two bartenders were working when the incident occurred. She said the restaurant and bar remain open.
Detective Dave Kleiber was called in to investigate the incident and said Saturday that Torres did not appear to be intoxicated when he spoke with him.
According to an arrest report, Torres lives on Meadow Lane.
He was booked into jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, but official charges will be filed next week by the Routt County District Attorney's Office.
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