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Woman bites bartender, gets sent to jail

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times
Brandon Downey

A 23-year-old Leadville woman allegedly bit an Aspen bartender twice early Monday morning after an altercation over a light bulb, according to court documents.

Madison Downey was charged with assault and violating a protection order by drinking alcohol. Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely later released her on a $1,000 personal-recognizance bond after Downey pleaded to be able to breast-feed her infant child.

“I need to be able to feed my baby,” she said in court.

Police first received a call about the incident at 12:07 a.m. Monday regarding a man and a woman who got into an altercation with a bartender at Hops Culture, 414 E. Hyman Ave., according to an arrest warrant. The bartender later told an officer the suspects attempted to take a light bulb from inside the bar, and he confronted them.

“As part of the confrontation, the female swung and hit him in the face, and only after biting him were they able to flee the bar,” the warrant states. “(The bartender) showed (police) two separate marks from where the female suspect had bitten him.”

Officers first found the man, later identified as Brandon Downey, 28, of Leadville, in the 500 block of Hopkins Avenue. He denied having any involvement in the altercation at Hops, said he had no identification on him and refused to provide any information, according to the report.

“I don’t have to (provide identification)!” Brandon Downey yelled at the officers.

Brandon Downey was then arrested for interfering with police and taken to the Pitkin County Jail.

Not long after, an officer contacted Madison Downey at the intersection of South Hunter Street and East Cooper Avenue, and she also denied any involvement in the biting incident. The officer arrested her too, the warrant states.

Madison Downey has a drug conviction from Washington in 2010, has been charged with a marijuana-related crime in Arizona and has a current protection order filed against her in Lake County for harassment, Aspen prosecutor Michael Warren said Monday in court. Warren also said the bartender who was bitten went to the emergency room for treatment.

“It sounds like you have some issues with drugs and alcohol,” said Ely, who suggested Madison Downey look into setting up a long-term treatment plan.

Madison Downey told the judge she’s a contractor who restores homes in Aspen, Vail and the surrounding areas. She said she has an infant and a 4-year-old child and lives with her mother “just across the pass,” presumably in Leadville. The relationship between her and Brandon Downey was not immediately clear, though Madison Downey said he lives in Denver.

Ely entered a mandatory order of protection forbidding Madison Downey from contacting the Hops bartender. She is due back in court in Aspen in October.