Local man facing attempted murder charges for fight
A Pitkin County man faces multiple charges of attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly doused three people with paint thinner and tried to light them on fire earlier this month.Along with three attempted first-degree murder counts, Carlos A. Ronay, 36, also faces three charges of second-degree assault. Ronay lives in Pitkin County near the BRB campground between Carbondale and Redstone where the alleged attack happened. He was in jail Monday on $125,000 bond.The suspect is in the Garfield County Jail because a woman Ronay allegedly beat up is being held at the Pitkin County Jail as part of a separate case. It is that alleged assault, which the sheriff’s office is still investigating, that led to the alleged paint thinner attack on Aug. 5, according to witness statements included in the arrest warrant.The three men who say they were doused with the flammable fluid told police a story of Ronay rushing out of the darkness in a parking lot near the campground, splashing them and trying to ignite a cigarette lighter during a violent struggle.”I could have been burned alive,” Adam Bargy told police, according to the warrant.Bargy, whose age and hometown were not available, is charged with third-degree assault because investigators say he agreed to fight Ronay.Another man said he “was blinded and I saw flashes coming at me and I just ran. I ran and ripped off my clothes as fast as a I could.”Ronay was beaten badly. A neighbor called 911 about 20 minutes after the fight and said the suspect was lying on his floor, drifting in and out of consciousness with lacerations on his face. Bargy told police that during the struggle he “immediately went for [Ronay’s] hand to get the lighter and began hitting [Ronay] in the face. [Ronay] went down and I got the lighter away from him. I hit [Ronay] in the face a bunch of times until he stopped fighting back.”Earlier in the day on Aug. 5, Ronay and Bargy had nearly come to blows at the home of a mutual friend over Ronay’s alleged assault of the woman. Bargy immediately left, according to the warrant, but an hour later started receiving phone calls from Ronay challenging him to a fight.”Each time Ronay called requesting to fight, Bargy told him where he was and assured him it would be a fair fight,” the warrant says.Bargy said Ronay insisted that Bargy come to his residence on Bill Creek Road near the BRB campground. After several such calls to Bargy, who was at the Hurricane Grill in Carbondale at the time, the men agreed to fight in the parking lot.Two men at the bar with Bargy agreed to back him up, the warrant says. Bargy said he “hardly knew” the men. The three arrived at the lot around 10:30 p.m.; another neighbor called 911 around then to report people fighting.The two men who were not charged told police stories similar to Bargy’s about the alleged attack.Ronay was first interviewed by a sheriff’s deputy at Valley View Hospital. He told police that he didn’t know why he had been beaten up. It was Bargy who left a threatening message accusing him of assaulting the woman, Ronay said, a crime he denied committing.Ronay told police that he tried to reason with Bargy, but agreed to meet him at the parking lot to “talk it out or fight, if need be.” He said four men got out of two vehicles.”Adam approached him, hit him in the face straight away and he went down,” the warrant says. He was then kicked repeatedly before the men drove off, he told police.But the warrant says a bloody shirt and a large jug holding paint thinner with blood and hair on it was taken into evidence from Ronay’s home, as was a lighter found at the scene of the fight.Bargy’s clothes and those of the other two men are also evidence in the case. Bargy’s clothes had been washed twice but still “smelled very strongly of paint thinner,” the warrant says.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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