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Cops: Man beaten with bottles in Vail

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” Two men were arrested at Sandbar Sports Grill on suspicion of beating another man, the second alleged felony assault to occur at the West Vail bar in two weeks, Vail police said.

Salvador Ortiz-Diaz, 33, and Rodolfo Gonzalez-Izquierdo, 35, beat a 28-year-old Avon man with beer bottles late Wednesday night, Vail police Detective Sgt. Craig Bettis said.

“There was blood on his face and hands” when the Avon man walked out of bar with cuts on his face, Bettis said.

The suspects may have been arguing with the Avon man about a woman who was with the suspects, said Bettis, who declined to release the Avon man’s name.

Bettis did not have details on the argument or the beating, but said that people saw the alleged assault and that it was caught on video.

Ortiz-Diaz and Gonzalez-Izquierdo were arrested when a Vail police sergeant happened to be walking up the stairs to the bar just after the beating, Bettis said.

“We were just doing a routine bar check when we walked up, which worked out good for us,” he said.

The Sandbar is “still a safe place to be,” said the bar’s general manager, Rodney Johnson.

The bar is working on changing its guidelines, he said.

That could mean letting fewer people in the bar, making sure they have not been drinking before they come in and refusing to let in people who seem angry, he said.

“Right now, it just seems there are angry people in town,” Johnson said.

On vacation from Mexico City, Ortiz-Diaz and Gonzalez-Izquierdo were being held in Eagle County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault and without bond Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Dec. 8, Alonzo Carranza, 27, of Eagle, was hit on the head with a beer bottle, which broke, Vail police said. A fist fight erupted in the Sandbar and the people involved were asked to leave, police said.

Police said the fight started again in a parking lot, where Victor Fernandez, of Edwards, is accused of stabbing Carranza multiple times with a pocket knife. Jose Luis Lara-Palacios, of Eagle, was stabbed while trying to help Carranza, police said.

Carranza and Lara-Palacios were taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center for treatment and were later released, authorities said.

Thursday evening, Victor Fernandez’s brother, Ricardo Fernandez, was arrested in Avon on a warrant alleging felony second-degree assault in connection with the stabbings, Bettis said.

Bettis declined to say who Ricardo Fernandez, of Avon, is accused of stabbing.

Ricardo Fernandez, who also is accused of running away from police and underage drinking after the stabbings, was being held on a $25,000 bond in Eagle County jail Thursday evening, Bettis said.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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