Assault charge stems from soccer incident |

Assault charge stems from soccer incident

BASALT ” A friendly soccer game in Basalt turned sour last month when an onlooker allegedly turned violent after someone told him he couldn’t play. A Basalt police officer arrested the poor sport on Labor Day after a lengthy investigation.

Members of an extended family and their friends were playing a pickup game of soccer in Basalt’s Arbaney Park on the evening of Monday, Aug. 6, when the trouble began, Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda said Friday.

Four men approached the players, asking if they could join, Ikeda said. They told them they couldn’t because that would put the wrong number of players on the two sides.

A shoving match broke out, Ikeda said, knocking one of the players to the ground. While he was down, one of the onlookers allegedly kicked and punched him, the investigation concluded.

When an officer arrived, the victim had suffered a broken nose, split lip and chipped upper tooth. The victim, a 25-year-old Latino from Basalt, was playing soccer with two brothers, an uncle and friends. He recognized one of the men who tried to join the game.

Ikeda said officers questioned that man and learned the identity of the alleged attacker. Police obtained an arrest warrant and found Roberto Hernandez Montoya, 22, at a residence near Basalt on Labor Day. He was charged with third-degree assault, a class I misdemeanor, and taken to Eagle County Jail, Ikeda said.

Montoya was still in custody Friday in lieu of $15,000 bond, according to a

spokeswoman for the Eagle County Jail. She said an “immigration hold” was also placed on Montoya because he is allegedly in the U.S. illegally.

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