Two stabbed in bar brawl

A double stabbing during a melee at the Aspen Springs Bar Saturday ended a 10-year-old’s birthday party and a high school graduation celebration — both festivities were being held at the establishment.

Archuleta County Undersheriff and Public Information Officer John Weiss said deputies and emergency medical services personnel raced to the scene about 9 p.m. after dispatchers received a 911 call from the establishment’s bartender reporting a fight in progress, with a possible stabbing.

When Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department Det. Richie Valdez arrived on scene, he said he found a 32-year-old male injured, with a stab wound in the abdomen, and a 40-year-old-male, Jamie Venturina, stabbed in the leg.

Venturina, Valdez said, was the bar’s bouncer who intervened in an attempt to break up a fight between the 32-year-old-male and an unidentified female.

The unidentified female is the alleged assailant.

According to Valdez and eyewitness testimony, the 32-year-old male allegedly attacked the alleged assailant when she intervened in an altercation between the him and a second, unidentified female.

Due to the nature of the alleged attack, Weiss said an investigation continues to determine whether the alleged assailant acted in self defense.

Archuleta County Sheriff Pete Gonzalez said on the advice of Deputy District Attorney Alex Lowe, his office would not release the names of the other individuals involved until completion of a preliminary criminal investigation and charges are formally filed.

Valdez said no initial arrests were made linked to the stabbing, although the two females were arrested for obstruction as law enforcement worked to manage the scene.

Lowe said charges have not been filed against incident participants, however, one arrest warrant was issued Wednesday.