Craig men face charges in stabbing


— Two Craig men face criminal charges in Carbon County, Wyo., stemming from an alleged stabbing earlier this month at a bar in Dixon.

Ronald Simones, 49, is charged with aggravated assault and battery and possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent. Gregory Knez, 47, is charged with accessory after the fact.

The charges are felonies.

The men were booked into the Carbon County Jail following an Aug. 3 incident at the Dixon Club, east of Baggs, Wyo. Simones posted $50,000 bond, and Knez posted $25,000 bond.

According to an affidavit by deputy Brian J. Lally, of the Carbon County Sheriff's Office, club bouncer Pat Seiloff and Simones became involved in a heated exchange and Seiloff "poked" Simones.

"Thereafter, defendant (Simones) stumbled," according to the affidavit. "The victim (Seiloff) then yelled out that he had been stabbed."

"The witnesses at the Dixon Club stated that they saw a lot of blood on the victim, and also saw him bleeding from his neck."

Seiloff had been seen with a "young girl" later identified as Simones' granddaughter earlier that night, the affidavit reports.

Another bar bouncer, Kent "Cubby" Harrison confronted Simones as he was leaving the bar, the affidavit reports.

"Mr. Harrison attempted to obtain (the) defendant's license plate information, and as he was coming around the vehicle, he asked (the) defendant why he stabbed the victim," according to the affidavit. "(The) defendant turned toward Mr. Harrison and brandished a gun."

Knez was with Simones earlier in the evening, but was not present during the altercation at the bar, Lally reported.

A Baggs Police Officer, assisted by a Carbon County Sheriff's Office deputy, later detained Simones in a traffic stop. Knez, in a separate vehicle, was stopped behind Simones, Lally reported.

According to the affidavit, after the police officer stopped Simones, Knez pulled in behind, exited his vehicle and became "belligerent with the officer."

The officer "drew his weapon and commanded Mr. Knez to return to his vehicle," the document reads. "Mr. Knez was not compliant with the officer's commands and demanded (the officer) 'shoot him.'"

The officer withdrew pepper spray and Knez "became compliant," Lally reported.

Simones later informed the officer "he had stabbed someone at the Dixon Club, but he did not know where the knife was." Blood was also seen on him and in his vehicle, Lally reported.

The police officer went to Knez's vehicle and "observed a gun with the hammer pulled back and the gun had what (the officer) believed to be blood on it." The officer also observed a "long barreled revolver facing the driver's door and a shotgun with a barrel facing the floor," according to the affidavit.

Deputy Lally reported that he saw a "bloody knife on Mr. Knez's dashboard along with the multiple firearms in the front seat."

Knez told deputies that he pulled to the side of the road when Simones "just happened to stop by," according to the affidavit.

Simones asked "Mr. Knez if he could put the 'stuff' in his vehicle, which Mr. Knez agreed to. Mr Knez stated that he did not know what items (the) defendant was putting in his vehicle.

Both men waived their right to a preliminary hearing within 10 or 20 days. Knez's preliminary hearing has been rescheduled to 11 a.m. Oct. 15; Simones' hearing has not been rescheduled yet, a Second Judicial District court clerk said.

The affidavit reported Seiloff was taken to The Memorial Hospital in Craig and later flown to Grand Junction for treatment.

In other court news

• Two men the All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested in March on assorted drug charges appeared Wednesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court. One defendant agreed to a plea deal and the other is going to jury trial.

Marco Contreras-Alcala pleaded guilty to distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance. Three counts of possession with intent, conspiracy to distribute, and a sentence enhancer were dismissed.

Under terms of a plea agreement, any prison sentence he receives will be capped at 12 years. Sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 22 in District Court.

Horacio Contreras-Alcala is charged with distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, two counts of possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

He entered a not guilty plea Wednesday.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Oct. 22 and a five-day jury trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 12, 2009.


oldsage 8 years, 7 months ago

Now that takes the cake, this has got to go into the dumb criminals file. I don't know what these two are going to say at trial but it is fun to speculate. All the corroborating evidence is there for suspect #1 to be convicted including a confession. "Simones later informed the officer "he had stabbed someone at the Dixon Club, but he did not know where the knife was." Blood was also seen on him and in his vehicle, Lally reported."

As for suspect #2 his story is......

I just happened to stop by and I agreed to allow suspect #1 to put a bloody knife on the dash board of my vehicle and guns on the front seat and I have no idea what these things are or what my friend had done with them. And yes, I could have driven past the traffic stop of my friend suspect #1 but decided to stop and help my friend by providing the policeman all the weapons my friend used in the crimes.

Do you suppose the "I'm so dumb I didn't know about the bloody knife on the dash board and the guns on the front seat defense would work for suspect #2? Or will it be "The I was so upset that my friend has involved me in the cover up of his crimes in Dixon that I am going to stop the next cop I see and ask him to shoot me" defense. What a moron!


freeman 8 years, 7 months ago

sad to see someone with such a good future get it taken away..should have stayed on course


lonelyone 8 years, 7 months ago

are you kidding me, Ron from Kmart is the guy who stabbed this other guy?!!! I just never put the name with him. He is such a nice guy. I can't help but think there must have been something going on for him to do this, but whatever his reason, it's all to bad. And you may call him a moron, freeman, but at least he owned up to what he did and didn't try to lie his way out of it as others might have done.


lonelyone 8 years, 7 months ago

sorry, freeman, I see now it wasn't you that called him a moron. that comment should be directed to oldsage.


grannyrett 8 years, 7 months ago

I always thought Ron was such a nice guy. This just doesn't fit in with what I know of him. Maybe if it were my granddaughter being harassed, I might have gone over the edge, but, I hope it wouldn't have gone that far.


oldsage 8 years, 7 months ago

Aside from the fact that the asault was stupid, I was strictly speaking of the guy entrusted with the evidence being about as dumb as they come to stop and confront the police who have the perp already stopped. Of course as I pointed out this could be a vital defense ploy, you know the I was to dumb to know the bloody knife on the dash board was used to attack someone defense. The just shoot me because I am dumb defense is also a possibility.


gobroncos 8 years, 7 months ago

Old Sage why don't you go to the Steamboat Pilot discussions. There are people on that forum that you would get along great with. We are sick of your opinions here. They were traveling together in separate vehicles. You are the moron!!!


ohuot2no 8 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps instead of being so quick to judge and call someone a moron (judged only on what you have read) you should realize that the author of the article was not present when the actual dialogue and actions did occur. Can you really believe that the author put, verbatim (word for word), in his article what was said and done. I KNOW that is not true and things are out of context. Please don't judge unless you know what was said is true and what the actual actions were!


nightwatch 6 years, 9 months ago



taxslave 6 years, 9 months ago

Way back I heard he was protecting his daughter from a sexual assult.


nightwatch 6 years, 9 months ago

true, i was just saying the mistakes we make sometimes has a terrible result,,,with that being anybody that does it is unfortunatly the one that has to suffer the consequences ,,him being a pharmacist raises a big question mark about the whole deal


lonelyone 6 years, 9 months ago

What does any of this have to do with Ron being a pharmacist? And at Walmart?? I don't get why that should come into play here. Ron is a nice guy and I will stand by him to the end, And since this happened almost two years ago, I thought it would be over and done with by now??


native_craig_guy 6 years, 9 months ago

Lonelyone- I am glad that you are standing behind Ron. I sure wouldn't stand in front of him..... especially if he has been drinking.


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