Investigators looking for man they say gave alcohol to minors
January 28, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for a 26-year-old man who they think supplied alcohol at an underage drinking party that left a 17-year-old girl in a coma.
Deputies have issued a warrant for Routt County resident Ryan Atkinson on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and intimidation of a witness.
Atkinson had agreed to turn himself in to authorities Wednesday but had not done so by 6:45 p.m., Sheriff's Office officials said.
The charges stem from a reported party Jan. 10 at Atkinson's house on Routt County Road 14B.
Sheriff's Office investigators said they think Atkinson provided alcohol to seven people at the party, all younger than 21, including four who were younger than 18.
Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Mellisa Baumgartner said a 17-year-old girl was seriously injured at the party when she fell about 18 feet from a deck.
The girl was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center and then flown by air ambulance to a Denver-area hospital where she remains in a coma in serious condition.
The name of the girl was not released because she is a minor.
Sheriff's Office investigator Ken Klinger said most of the minors at the party were girls, and Baumgartner said they were friends or acquaintances of Atkinson.
Suspect in separate case is 19
In a separate incident, Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer Josh Carrell said the man charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor at a Dec. 15 party in Steamboat Springs is 19 years old, and not a minor, as was suspected.
Jose Armando Duran is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and remains in Routt County Jail.
Duran is a Mexican citizen, and officials could not immediately verify his age at the time of his arrest.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have placed a hold on Duran, meaning that the legality of his residency is in question.
After local courts finish Duran's case, ICE. has the option to hold a hearing to determine Duran's immigration status.