Steamboat police looking for man involved in fight March 18 |

Steamboat police looking for man involved in fight March 18

— Police are asking for help in finding a man thought to have sucker punched a 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man in the face downtown after the bars closed on St. Patrick's Day.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Dave Kleiber said the incident happened at about 2:30 a.m. March 18 at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.

A large group of people was at the corner, and a couple of different fights happened at the same time, Kleiber said. The 25-year-old appeared to be an innocent victim.

"Apparently he was just standing there minding his own business not doing anything," Kleiber said.

A witness described the man who hit the 25-year-old as white, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall with shaggy, blond hair and a two-inch-long beard wearing a tan hoodie. The witness was not able to describe the man's age or his build.

Kleiber said police responded to the corner after receiving reports of fights. Police talked with the 25-year-old after the fight, but he did not want help.

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"I think he didn't really realize the extent of his injuries until the next day," Kleiber said.

He said the victim had a broken jaw, is expected to lose between three and five teeth and had surgery March 19.

On March 20, the man's father and sister reported the extent of the injuries to police.

Kleiber asked that anyone with information call him at 970-879-4345.

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