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Charges filed in Oak Creek assault

Melinda Dudley

Steamboat Springs — A 32-year-old Oak Creek man has been charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a recent fight in the town. — A 32-year-old Oak Creek man has been charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a recent fight in the town.

— A 32-year-old Oak Creek man has been charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a recent fight in the town.

The Oak Creek Police Department has charged Daryl Gruet with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct for allegedly fighting with Oak Creek resident Richard Zeiler, 41, between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday outside the Elk’s Tavern on East Main Street, Oak Creek Police Chief Russell Caterinnichio said.

The incident was reported early Sunday morning, after both parties left the scene. Deputies from the Routt County Sheriff’s Office located Zeiler at his residence, where Zeiler said he had severe pain in his face and was having difficulty breathing.

Zeiler was transported by ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center and treated for a concussion, head injuries, and abrasions to the face, chest, shoulders and legs.

Zeiler was unable to recall who assaulted him, because he suffered a concussion in the fight and was intoxicated at the time, Caterinnichio said.

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Gruet was identified as the suspect after a witness came forward Sunday. Gruet acknowledges that the fight took place, but told police Zeiler initiated the fight and he only acted in self-defense, Caterinnichio said.

Gruet did not sustain any injuries in the fight and said Zeiler swung at him but did not land any blows, Caterinnichio said.

Gruet was not arrested in connection with the incident, and will be summonsed to Routt County Court to appear on the charges.