Craig man suffers serious injuries in assault |

Craig man suffers serious injuries in assault

Patrick Kelly

A Craig man was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction after receiving life-threatening injuries as the result of an assault Saturday, according to court documents.

Jeff Severson, 42, is in stable but critical condition and faces long-lasting harm from the assault.

Craig Police Department arrested Craig resident Joshua Benjamin Flaharty, 28, on a first-degree assault charge in relation to the incident.

According to the physician’s report referenced in the arrest affidavit, “injuries to Severson involve a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, a protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body….”

Severson suffered “severe traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures and facial fractures” and police believe Flaharty used some type of weapon to cause the injuries, the affidavit stated.

Police responded to Lamplighter Estates shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday after receiving a call that there was a 40-year-old man who looked like he had suffered blunt force trauma. The reporting party said the man was bleeding from his nose and mouth and screaming when touched.

On the scene, police found Severson laying on his side in Flaharty’s living room.

“He was in obvious pain, was bleeding and both eyes were swollen shut and bulging,” the arrest report states.

Flaharty, who appeared “upset and was sweating heavily” when interviewed by police, said the two men were friends and Severson had always been welcome to come and go from his home.

He said the night before the incident Severson had come over and the two got into an argument sbout a phone when Severson allegedly put his hands around Flaharty’s throat.

“Flaharty later told other officers that he woke up in his bed with Severson having his hands around his throat,” according to the arrest report.

Flaharty told police he did not lose consciousness but it “kind of freaked him out” when Severson had his hands around his throat. Red marks were observed on the right side of his neck.

Because of the believed use of a weapon to inflict the injuries, Flaharty was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault. He is currently in custody at Moffat County Jail and will appear in Moffat County Combined Court at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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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