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Attempted robbery reported

Fairview resident says two men in ski masks had weapons

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a report of an attempted armed robbery in the 400 block of Bear View Court.

About 10 p.m. Tuesday, a Steamboat man reported that two men wearing ski masks and carrying weapons forced their way into his Bear View Court home.

According to police reports, Donald Gill Fifield, 52, said the two men eventually were scared off when he threw a small sword at them and then brought out his .22-caliber rifle. He said they fled on motorcycles or dirt bikes.



Fifield told police he was upstairs when he heard a knock on the door about 10:10 p.m. He yelled for the visitors to come into the house. When he didn’t hear anyone enter, he went to the deck and then the front bedroom to see who was there.

When he heard a second knock, Fifield went to answer the door and said that just as he was approaching the door, it opened and a gloved hand reached around to knock on the inside. Fifield opened the door and two men in ski masks jumped out, he told police.



The men, one with a pistol and the other with a rifle, pointed their weapons at him, Fifield said.

Fifield then tried to block the door to prevent them from entering his home, according to police reports. As he was trying to force the door closed, Fifield said one of the men fired a shot at the glass door and shattered it.

At that point, Fifield said, he dropped his weapon — a mop handle — and ran upstairs.

One of the men followed him upstairs, Fifield told police. Once upstairs, Fifield said he was able to throw a small sword at one of the men and retrieve his .22-caliber rifle. When he pointed the weapon at one of the men, who was about three-quarters of the way up the stairs, the man saw it and ran out of the home, Fifield told police.

From his bedroom window, Fifield said, he thought he saw the men fleeing down his driveway on motorcycles or dirt bikes.

Residents interviewed in the Fairview neighborhood told police they did not hear or see anything.

When three officers arrived on the scene about 10:30 p.m., they found the glass in the front door shattered, a small amount of blood on the floor and a spent 12-gauge shotgun round sitting on the table.

Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said the officers could not find any evidence of impact from the gunshot. There was no trace of a bullet or the wadding that follows a gunshot, Fiebing said.

When police confronted Fifield about not finding any evidence of a gun going off, Fifield said a shot might not have fired and it could have been the sound of the glass breaking that he heard.

When asked about the blood on the floor, Fifield said that before the break-in, he had a bloody nose.

Fiebing said the damage to the door was less than $500, nothing was taken from the home, and the case is under investigation.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com


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