Fight lands man in jail
An Aspen resident is facing three charges after allegedly assaulting two police officers who were trying to break up a brawl between New Zealand and U.S. residents early Thursday.
Brad Geeves, 21, a New Zealand resident living in Aspen, was charged with second-degree felony assault on an officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to Aspen Police patrol supervisor Vicki Nall.
He was arrested after two Aspen officers responded to a report of a fight in progress near the Popcorn Wagon at 1:52 a.m. Thursday. Officers Bryan Heeney and Eric Deutschlander found between 10 and 15 people involved in a brawl.
“They were pushing, pulling, yelling at each other,” said Nall. The disturbance started as a dispute between the Kiwis and Americans, then turned physical, she said.
The officers were trying to get people calmed down when “Mr. Geeves charged [them] with fists,” said Nall.
Heeney was kicked in the shin and Deutschlander was hit in the mouth, Nall said. Neither officer was injured.
Geeves was subdued, arrested and taken to the Pitkin County Jail, where he remained on Sunday. His bond amount had increased from $6,000 initially to $10,000. He has been placed on an “INS hold” and his immigration status could be in jeopardy because of the charges, a jail officer said yesterday.
The alleged assault on the officers didn’t appear to be a case of mistaken identity during the melee. “He had been talking to the officers,” Nall said.
The patrol supervisor said confrontations between New Zealanders and Americans hadn’t been a problem before in Aspen.
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