Police: Avon roommates brawl over puppies
Avon, CO Colorado
AVON – A drunken dispute over puppies may have resulted in assault charges for two roommates, according to an Avon police report.
At about 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 27, police received a call about a disturbance in an apartment on West Beaver Creek Boulevard.
When officers walked into the apartment, they saw blood in the hallway, along with a big chunk of hair on the floor, the report said. Blood also appeared to be splattered on the walls and floor of the laundry room, the report said.
The roommates told conflicting stories about their fight.
One of the men, Zachary Daniel Logan, 26, said he was drinking with his roommate when they got into an argument, the report said. Logan said he has a pit bull with baby puppies. He said he had been planning to sell his roommate one of the puppies, the report said. Logan told police the two men started arguing about the puppies but he didn’t remember why, according to the report.
That’s when the roommate, Adam Douglas Cola, 24, “just snapped,” Logan told police in the report. Logan claimed Cola started swinging a knife at him. Logan said his dog then bit Cola.
Cola told police a different story.
He said the two men were drinking when Cola told Logan to punch him in the face, the report said. Cola claimed the two men started fighting and the dog started biting him, the report said.
Whatever happened, both men left the scuffle with injuries, police said. Logan had a black eye, a split lip, scratches on his face, a cut on his forehead and slashes on his arms, the report said. Cola suffered a scrape on his forehead, cuts on his hands and what looked like a bite mark on his elbow, the report said. A nurse who examined Cola at the Vail Valley Medical Center said his hand injury was from a knife, not a dog, the report claimed.
Both men were charged with third degree assault, police said. That’s a misdemeanor, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said. It can result in up to two years in county jail, he said.
Contacted Tuesday, Logan said he found the charge against him unfair.
“My dog and I defended ourselves and now we face repercussions,” he said.
“I’m not a violent person but I will and can defend myself, which I did, in my own home.”
Cola could not be reached for comment.
Logan also faces charges for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the report said.
An arraignment hearing for both men has been set for April 28.
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