Two men arrested after Steamboat disturbance |

Two men arrested after Steamboat disturbance

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include information about charges being dropped against Leuthold.

Two men were arrested early Tuesday morning after Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance on Shadow Run Court.

Jason T. Leuthold was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing.

On April 27, the charges against Leuthold were dismissed. According to the Routt County District Attorney’s Office, Leuthold could claim self-defense.

Michael A. Nielsen was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault.

At about 1 a.m., Leuthold reported he had been beaten up by three males, including Nielsen.

According to an arrest affidavit, Nielsen told police he was standing on his porch when he saw Leuthold standing in a parking lot wearing a black mask. Nielsen said he asked Leuthold if he needed anything, and Leuthold mumbled. Nielsen said when he got closer to Leuthold, Leuthold said “I have a gun.” Nielsen said he put his hands up and said “It’s alright dude. I am not doing anything.”

Nielsen told police Leuthold put his hand on a holster.

According to the affidavit, Nielsen was “terrified,” and he hit Leuthold two to three times in the face because he believed Leuthold was threatening him with a gun.

Police interviewed Leuthold at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Leuthold said he was wearing a mask because it was cold and Nielsen and his friends were making derogatory statements toward him about wearing the mask. Leuthold said Nielsen approached and was posturing at him.

Leuthold said he was holding onto a small container of mace in his pocket, and before getting punched in the face, Leuthold said “What if I have a gun?”

Leuthold said he fell, and Nielsen continued hitting him, the affidavit states. Leuthold also said one of Nielsen’s friends started kicking him, and a third person told them to stop.

After the fight, both men walked away.

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

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