Arrests pending in bus assault |

Arrests pending in bus assault

Chad Abraham

Authorities soon expect to arrest two men for allegedly pummeling a man on a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus early Saturday.The victim, John Miller, 26, of Basalt, had surgery Thursday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction to repair two fractures to his jaw and eight other facial fractures.The alleged main assailant, who apparently has boxing experience, will be charged with second-degree assault, a felony. The other man faces a misdemeanor third-degree assault charge, said Joe DiSalvo, chief of investigations at the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.Miller and the suspects were on the last downvalley bus of the night, which is normally packed with riders fresh out of bars. The X Games likely added to the ridership, but witness accounts were originally hard to come by.”Most people [on board] were happy and not paying attention or didn’t remember,” deputy Marie Munday said earlier this week.DiSalvo said that changed as the week progressed.”We got enough information from people who weren’t drunk,” he said.Initial accounts said the bus driver kicked off the two suspects near Lazy Glen. But DiSalvo said only the misdemeanor suspect was ordered off. The other man continued to ride until his stop; no one pointed him out to the driver, DiSalvo said.Miller told investigators that he remembered being punched three times. The suspect who faces the misdemeanor apparently got in a cheap shot after the other suspect’s alleged assault. Their names were not released.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is