Denver man charged with assault after incident at Steamboat Springs bar |

Denver man charged with assault after incident at Steamboat Springs bar

Robert David Anderson

— The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed assault charges against a Denver man after an incident Sunday night at a downtown Steamboat Springs bar.

Robert David Anderson, 25, was charged with second-degree assault causing serious bodily injury, a Class 4 felony.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Capt. Jerry Stabile said the incident occurred while a Steamboat man was celebrating his upcoming 24th birthday at Carl’s Tavern. Officers were called to the bar shortly after midnight.

According to an affidavit filed with the Routt County Court, Anderson’s girlfriend had been kissed by the man earlier that night.

“She said she didn’t think anything of it as he was drunk and stated it was his birthday,” the affidavit states.

A witness told police that later on the man was pushed down by Anderson inside the bar. The man then went outside to find Anderson and told him “your girl kissed me.”

According to the affidavit, the witness said Anderson punched the man once in the face.

Police found Anderson about a block away, and he admitted to punching the man, according to the affidavit.

Anderson told police he never had punched anyone before.

“He said that when (the man) came up to him and made that comment — along with the way (the man) was acting in Carl’s — Anderson said his first reaction was to punch” the man, the affidavit states.

A doctor at Yampa Valley Medical Center told police the man suffered a fractured nose, broken teeth, broken upper jaw and severe facial and nasal lacerations.

Anderson was released from custody Tuesday after posting a $20,000 bond. He is due back in court at 9:30 a.m. Friday. He did not respond Thursday to a message seeking comment.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email

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