Stabbing victim out of AVH |

Stabbing victim out of AVH

Tim Mutrie

Adrian Cooley, the Aspen man seriously injured in a knife fight the night of June 24, was placed under arrest for misdemeanor harassment after being released from Aspen Valley Hospital yesterday morning.

Cooley, 33, and Michael Lane Ball, 34, both sustained stab wounds – Cooley was stuck nine times in the torso, Ball was stuck once in the neck/shoulder area – following an argument that occurred while the two seasonal construction workers were cooking out near the base of Aspen Highlands.

Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Ball for first-degree assault, a class 3 felony, immediately after the fight. Since the incident, he has been in custody at the Pitkin County Jail on a $12,500 bond and is scheduled to appear next in court on July 12.

Cooley, whose injuries were far more severe than Ball’s, underwent emergency surgery to treat his injuries at AVH the night of June 24. He remained in the hospital until Thursday morning, when he was discharged.

“At [that] time he was arrested, transported to jail, issued a summons [to appear in court] and then he posted bond and left,” said investigator Ron Ryan, with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Cooley was released from the local jail on a $250 bond and must appear in Pitkin County Court on Aug. 10, according to jail officials.

The misdemeanor harassment charge he faces is, said Ryan, “the statute we use when someone instigates a fight or confrontation.”

Ryan said because the case is still under investigation, details of the incident are not being released.

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