JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – Authorities are looking for a second suspect accused of punching a man who was holding his young daughter while at a Pine Junction bar in late January, then beating him so severely he had to be flown to a nearby hospital.
The fight happened Jan. 25 around 10 p.m. at Crossroads Pizza and Wings Bar in Pine Junction. According to police and video they released of the fight, Richard Warry Brown, 39, was holding his 4-year-old daughter when the altercation started.
It’s unclear what caused the fight, but video shows several men arguing with Brown before they started to throw punches—with Brown’s daughter still in his arms.
Two men are seen slapping and punching Brown until another person takes the girl from his arms. After that, the men continue beating Brown—kicking him and kneeing him in the face in addition to the punches.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says the girl wasn’t injured in the fight, but her father suffered numerous injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital.
One of the men accused in the beating is already in Jefferson County custody. Joel Michael Wilson, 31, is being held at the county jail for investigation on first-degree assault—extreme indifference, second-degree assault and child abuse charges.
The other man seen in the video beating Brown has yet to be identified, and authorities are looking for help. He is described as a white man who is 5-foot-8, thin and in his mid-20s, the sheriff’s office said. Images of the man can be found above.
Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at 303-271-5612 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. The case number is 18-2023.
Brown, the girl’s father, was issued a misdemeanor summons for child abuse, the sheriff’s office said.