“There is no indication it was anything but a random assault,” Telluride Chief Marshal Jim Kolar said this week of the beating that left the new-to-Telluride resident with a broken nose and facial fractures, including fractures in his nasal cavity, that emergency-room doctors who examined him said would probably require surgery.
Those broken bones, said Kolar, mean the attackers face felony charges of second-degree assault.
Officers visited the victim at home Monday evening, and plan a follow-up visit later this week; he is expected to see a specialist this week, in Montrose, regarding follow-up surgery.
The victim, in his early 20s, was “walking home by himself after leaving a bar,” Kolar said, when he “passed a female and three males” across the street, on the south side of Pacific Ave.
“The female approached him and asked for a light; he produced the lighter,” whereupon “the larger man in the group crossed the street and punched him in the face,” knocking him down.
The victim got up, Kolar said, according to the incident report, “and asked why he was struck,” at which point all three men “struck him, knocking him to the ground again.” They proceeded to boot-stomp the victim, “kicking him around the head and face.”
Responding officers found the victim “lying in the parking lot,” in a pool of blood. His attackers, he told them, fled over the bridge between Pacific Ave. and Lift 7, and disappeared.
“We have a couple of good leads,” Kolar said of the attackers, and are “trying to identify” more precisely the three Hispanic males and one Hispanic female involved in the attack.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Telluride Marshal’s Office at 970/728-3818.