Martial arts fighter arrested in assault

By TRACY HARMON , Fri Mar 2, 2012.    

CANON CITY — A 22-year-old mixed martial arts fighter surrendered to authorities Sunday after he allegedly assaulted a fellow bar patron early Thursday.

 Michael (Mickey) Lee Koonce Jr. of Canon City is being investigated for first-degree assault in the incident, which left a 52-year-old Canon City man unconscious in a Colorado Springs hospital. The victim had bleeding and swelling of the brain and remained unresponsive in the Penrose Hospital Neuro Intensive Care Unit, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The victim was listed with “an unfavorable prognosis,” according to the affidavit authored by Detective Michael Miller of the Fremont County Sherifjf’s Office.

Authorities were called to the Boomerang Bar, 331 Main St., at 1:23 a.m. Thursday. The victim was found lying on the sidewalk where he was bleeding from his head and the suspect had fled the scene, said Capt. Jim Cox of the Canon City Police Department.

Detectives with the Combined Investigators Response Team interviewed witnesses who were at the bar when the incident occurred. A waitress reported Koonce tried to flirt with two women in the bar but was turned away because the women said they were lesbians.

Koonce then allegedly yelled obscenities at the women and flipped them off. A bartender and disc jockey also reported that Koonce was on edge and being obnoxious.

Staff decided to close the bar early. The victim was holding the door open for patrons as they left the bar.

The waitress reported the victim was yelling “lightheartedly” for people to leave so the staff could close the bar. The bartender said the victim yelled, “Everybody who is with this guy (referring to Koonce) needs to get the (expletive) out,” according to the affidavit.

All three witnesses reported that Koonce then punched the victim as the two stood in the doorway. The bartender said the victim fell and struck his head.

The disc jockey reported the attack was “unprovoked” and Cox was unconscious before he hit the ground.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Koonce on Saturday. Koonce, accompanied by his attorney, surrendered to the Florence Police Department on Sunday and immediately posted $10,000 bail.

A court date has not been set yet for Koonce.

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