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Two men arrested after St. Patrick’s Day brawl

Editor’s note: The age of the victims has been corrected.

Two Steamboat Springs men face assault charges after a Tuesday night St. Patrick’s Day brawl near Marketplace Plaza.

The victims were three 22-year-olds from the Fort Collins area. One victim reported being struck in the head with a hammer.

Matthew C. Milde, 24, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of felony second-degree assault. His bond was set Wednesday at $5,000, and he is due back in court at 8:30 a.m. March 31.

Daniel Hughes, 25, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault. He was given a $1,500 personal recognizance bond and is due back in court at 8:30 a.m. March 31.

At 1:13 a.m. Wednesday morning, officers responded to Mount Werner Road and Marketplace Plaza after a man reported being attacked.

The man said he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend at an Irish pub in the area. The girlfriend left the pub, and the man ran after her.

According to an arrest affidavit, the man told police he was running through the parking lot and heard an engine rev. The man said he was hit by a car that police later identified as a red Nissan Pathfinder.

The man said he was knocked to the ground, got up and punched the driver through the open window. The Pathfinder then drove away.

The man and his girlfriend then met up with friends across the street. Milde arrived and threatened them with a hammer, the affidavit states.

A brawl then ensued.

According to the affidavit, Milde kneed a woman in the face. She suffered facial fractures. The man who had been hit by the car reported being kneed in the face, causing one of his teeth to break.

Another man was reportedly hit with a hammer. Officers observed he had a large contusion protruding from his forehead and what appeared to be striations from the hammer imprinted into the man’s skin.

One of the victims was treated for injuries at Yampa Valley Medical Center and then released.

After the fight, an officer stopped a Nissan Pathfinder for speeding. Milde and Hughes were inside.

According to the affidavit, the victims identified the men.

In addition to the assault charges, Milde was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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