Breckenridge cops seek homicide suspects
December 31, 2007
BRECKENRIDGE ” A local 35-year-old man died after being assaulted by two unknown men at a Breckenridge restaurant and bar early Monday morning, officials said.
Police are investigating it as a homicide, according to Kim Green of the Breckenridge Police Department.
Thomas Guidry of Breckenridge was pronounced dead at 2:09 a.m. at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, and as of Monday afternoon, the cause of death was unknown, officials said. He is scheduled for an autopsy in Jefferson County on Wednesday, said Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.
“We have to look at all possibilities,” she said, adding that this is a complicated case and there was nothing obvious.
Guidry was involved in a verbal confrontation in the upstairs bar at Salt Creek Steakhouse, 110 Lincoln Ave., before being escorted downstairs by an employee, according to police. Shortly after, he was assaulted in the foyer of the restaurant by two unknown white men in their early 20s.
“It was never a brawl upstairs, but it did go to that downstairs,” Green said.
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As Guidry collapsed to the floor and became unresponsive, bystanders called 911 and started CPR ” which was going on when Breckenridge police arrived on scene at 1:18 a.m. Monday, a press release said. Red, White and Blue Fire Department and Summit County Ambulance also arrived to transport Guidry to the hospital.
Police are still searching for the suspects who were captured on surveillance video, according to a press release. It shows one wearing a camouflage coat and the other wearing a white coat and white baseball hat, and at some point, images from the video will be released to help with identification if necessary.
“We’re trying to get more witnesses and patrons in here to look at video,” Green said Monday morning.
Throughout the day, four agents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation collaborated with the Breckenridge Police Department to process the crime scene in the foyer, Green said. Fourteen patrons and employees of Salt Creek were taken to the police department for interviews, according to a press release.
Calls to the restaurant were not returned as of Monday evening.
This would be the first homicide in Breckenridge in about five years. The last murder was Halloween night 2002, when Cody Wieland was fatally assaulted on Main Street.
The Breckenridge Police Department is attempting to locate additional witnesses who may have information about the suspects. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Susan Quesada at (970) 547-3137.