Craig man intervenes in assault |

Craig man intervenes in assault

Rich Sadvar honored by police for aiding victim of violent crime

Patrick Kelly
Officers Josh Martinez, John Meyers, Chief Walt Vanatta and Sgt. Brian Soper pose with Rich Sadvar after presenting him the Meritorious Service Award.
Craig Police Department/courtesy

Rich Sadvar was headed out for a relaxing Friday night with his family when he became a hometown hero.

On the way to Steamboat Springs to enjoy dinner and a movie with his family, Sadvar intervened in a violent domestic dispute and likely prevented two Craig women from suffering severe harm or potential death.

According to an arrest an affidavit from Craig Police Department, Karrissa Ramsey and her friend Haley Perryman attacked by Ramsey’s “estranged husband,” said Brian Garcia, 37, of Craig, on April 8.

Garcia allegedly approached the pair wielding an aluminum baseball bat, which Perryman was struck with at least twice after putting herself between Garcia and Ramsey.

“She said she had experienced a great deal of pain from being hit with the bat by Garcia,” wrote Craig Police Department Corporal Alvin Luker in the affidavit.

On his way down Yampa Avenue, Sadvar noticed the altercation and stopped to step in.

“I did what I felt was the best thing,” he said. “I stopped the car and went up to him to bring an end to it.”

Sadvar said he didn’t hesitate to act and thinks intervention was necessary to prevent the situation from escalating further. Garcia walked away after Sadvar confronted him.

As stated in the arrest affidavit, Garcia has threatened to kill Ramsey several times.

When he was contacted by police shortly after the incident, Garcia allegedly said that if he was going to jail, he would “go for (a) life sentence” and would “[expletive] earn it.”

For his actions, Craig Police Department awarded Sadvar its Meritorious Service Award.

“He reduced the impact of injuries to the victims and made it easier for us to apprehend the suspect,” police chief Walt Vanatta said.

Sadvar said he appreciates the recognition but that the real credit goes to law enforcement officers who address these types of situations on a daily basis.

“They’re the ones who do it every day and I’m just a guy who happened to be driving by,” he said.

Sadvar said he and his family still made the movie, only running about five minutes late.

Garcia is being held in Moffat County Jail with bond set at $20,000. He is charged with menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, second-degree assault, violating a restraining order and harassment for the April 8 incident. On Thursday, he was charged with third-degree assault while in custody.

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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