Snowball fights cause of two fist fights |

Snowball fights cause of two fist fights

Aspen Times Staff Report

Snowball fights apparently led to two separate fist fights in the upper Roaring Fork Valley Tuesday night.

Five 16- to 17-year-old male tourists and three middle-aged tourists got into what authorities described as a “free for all” fight near the corner of Cooper Avenue and Hunter Street at about 9:30 p.m. And another fight at the Aspen Airport involved employees from rival rental car agencies throwing punches at each other.

The Cooper Avenue fight “started with a snowball,” said patrol supervisor Sandy Brownlee, of the Aspen Police Department.

“But we don’t know who was throwing them at who.”

Four of the participants – two juveniles and Paul Anderson and Terrance Hogan – were arrested for disorderly conduct. All four pleaded either guilty or no contest in Aspen’s Municipal Court yesterday morning and were ordered to pay a $50 fine, Brownlee said.

“Who knows how many were actually involved,” Brownlee said. “The more aggressive ones were arrested.”

No one was seriously injured in the fight, though several of the combatants sustained cuts and bruises.

In the airport fight, Ramon Jose Duvernay, 33, of Aspen, and John J. Voorhees, 21, of Glenwood Springs, were both arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

According to a report filed by deputy Randy Smith, Duvernay walked out the airport baggage door only to be greeted by Voorhees, who pretended to throw a snowball at him.

According to witness accounts, Duvernay then grabbed Voorhees and yelled at him, before Voorhees threw Duvernay to the ground, punching and kicking him.

Neither combatant was seriously injured.

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