Numerous punches were thrown before the young girl was removed from the fight.
(Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

DENVER — Deputies in Colorado hope the public can help identify a suspect involved in a bar fight that endangered a 4-year-old girl’s life before sending a man to the hospital.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Jan. 25, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fight between three men at Crossroads Pub & Grill in Pine, Colo., about 45 minutes southwest of Denver.

Before deputies arrived, two of the suspects had fled the scene.

Investigators later learned that Richard Brown, 39, was holding his 4-year-old daughter when the fight began.

Video surveillance shows numerous punches were thrown before the young girl was taken from Brown. Brown was seriously injured and later airlifted to the hospital for treatment.

The child was not injured, according to the sheriff’s office, but her family said she’s traumatized by what happened.

"She doesn’t like driving by there because she’s like, ‘There are mean people there,’" Wendy Shoemaker, the girl’s grandmother, said.

"There was an attempt by one of the employees to try to take the four-year-old before the fight started but he didn’t let go of the girl," Mark Techmeyer, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office said.

Brown was later issued a summons for misdemeanor child abuse.

"We have a responsibility as parents to keep our children safe," Techmeyer said. "Not only is it the right thing to do but by Colorado statute it’s mandated that we do it."

One suspect, Joel Wilson, 31, was arrested and is being held at the Jefferson County Jail for suspicion of first-degree assault, second degree assault and child abuse.

"We want to know who his friend is," Techmeyer said. "He does know the other suspect. He’s not being cooperative with identifying his friend.

"So, we don’t know who the other guy is, even though they’re buddies and they run together. He’s not telling us who the other guy is."

The second suspect is described as 5’8” with a thin build. He’s believed to be in his mid-20s.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-270-5612 or Metro Denver Crimestoppers at 720-913-7867.

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