Man jailed for alleged sledgehammer attack |

Man jailed for alleged sledgehammer attack

— A Steamboat Springs man has been charged with attempted second-degree murder for allegedly hitting his friend in the head with a sledgehammer.

Adam Whitlow Cumbie, 28, was arrested Saturday after an emergency room doctor told police that Andrew Wilson was treated for an injury consistent with a blow to the head.

Assistant Chief of Police Art Fiebing said Cumbie allegedly hit Wilson, 25, with the blunt edge of a sledgehammer in a fight at Cumbie’s Deer Creek condominium.

“The second-degree murder charge is based on the officers’ investigation, the doctor’s report and the district attorney’s recommendation,” Fiebing said. “The doctor said if he had been hit with full force, he could have been killed.”

The two men allegedly got into several fights with each other Friday at the Chinook Lane condominium, according to Cumbie’s girlfriend of three years, Melinda Wilding.

The three had been at a memorial service that evening and returned to the condo after it.

Cumbie and Wilson got into an argument that turned physical and Wilson got a bloody nose in the process, Wilding said. She broke up that fight and another one that started after it. Cumbie then went out on the deck to cut firewood, she said.

He then got mad at her and threw a piece of wood at her, hitting the wall inside the apartment, she said. She told police Wilson got mad at Cumbie for almost hurting her and went outside, where they starting fighting.

Wilding said she went outside and saw Cumbie on top of Wilson, pinning him by the neck. Wilding said she tried to stop Cumbie and he bit her on the forearm. She told police Cumbie kicked her and knocked her against the wall.

Wilding told police she didn’t see a sledgehammer and she didn’t see Wilson fight back.

Police did find a small metallic sledgehammer and a small wooden hatchet with a metal head at the condo. Investigators also took a bloody paper towel from a coffee table there.

Wilson admitted himself to Yampa Valley Medical Center Friday night and was released later the same evening. He was picked up by someone matching Cumbie’s description, Fiebing said.

Cumbie was arrested Saturday morning after police officer Jason Patrick chased him on foot from Chinook Lane across a field to the Comfort Inn.

Cumbie is being charged with attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault and third-degree assault.

In court on Monday, he was advised of the charges against him, and his bond was set at $20,000. His next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

— To reach Michelle Bales call 871-4208 or e-mail

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