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Witnesses sought in Vail stabbing

Steve Lynn
Vail CO, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Police are seeking witnesses to a stabbing and a fist fight in West Vail Saturday night.

Alonzo Carranza, 27, of Eagle, and Jose Luis Lara-Palacios, 32, of Eagle, were stabbed multiple times in the parking lot outside the Sandbar Sports Grill, Vail police said.

About 10 minutes earlier, Carranza and his wife were involved in an argument at the Sandbar with Ricardo Fernandez, 19, of Avon, and his brother Victor Fernandez, 22, of Edwards, when the latter had “inappropriately touched” a woman’s bottom, Vail police said.

Carranza was hit on the head with a beer bottle, which broke, police said. A fist fight erupted between the suspects and the alleged victims and they were asked to leave, Vail police said.

“It was people in both groups hitting each other,” Vail Police Commander Susan Douglas said.

Police said the fight started again in the parking lot, where Victor Fernandez is accused of stabbing Carranza. Lara-Palacios was stabbed while trying to help Carranza, police said.

When police arrived, Ricardo Fernandez ran across Interstate 70 to South Frontage Road and officers followed. He fell in the snow during the chase and was arrested, police said.

Carranza was taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was admitted for treatment. Lara-Palacios was taken to the hospital and was treated and released, police said.

Police were called about the stabbing, but no one called about the fight in the bar, Douglas said. Vail’s town code says a bar must report an assault within 24 hours of it occurring, she said.

“The stabbing could have been prevented had we been called after the first fight,” she said.

Police have not charged any Sandbar employees with a crime, she said.

Rodney Johnson, general manager for the Sandbar, said the stabbing was “unfortunate.”

A bar patron did call police while the Sandbar employees were dealing with the fight, Johnson said.

The alleged victims left the bar first and then Sandbar employees waited for police with the Fernandez brothers, Johnson said. As the bar employees were waiting for polce, the Fernandez brothers left and then Johnson “saw them by Taco Bell rolling on the ground.”

Sandbar employees did everything they could to keep everything calm and to keep the suspects there until police came, he said.

“We were sitting there trying to detain them but there was only so much we could do,” he said. “We’re not allowed to put our hands on them.”

Police are seeking witnesses to aid in their investigation of who stabbed Lara-Palacios and who broke a beer bottle over Carranza’s head, Douglas said.

Victor Fernandez was being held at the Eagle County Jail without bond Monday night. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, a felony; third-degree assault, a misdemeanor; and unlawful sexual contact, a misdemeanor, police said.

Ricardo Fernandez was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer, a misdemeanor, and illegal possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor, a petty offense, police said.

Ricardo Fernandez posted a $750 bond and was released from Eagle County jail, authorities said.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

Anyone who witnessed the stabbing in the parking lot or the fight inside the bar is asked to call Vail police at 479-2201.

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