Authorities charge Colorado men after armed attack in Powell


Three Colorado men are facing felony charges after allegedly attacking a Powell man and his brother with weapons on Saturday afternoon.

The Powell man was reportedly “pistol-whipped” with a handgun during the fight, suffering a roughly 1-inch gash to his forehead and later was taken to the hospital.

Sergio Figueroa, 27, Ramon Figueroa, 25, and Fernando Trejo, 24, have each been charged with one count of aggravated assault, though charging documents are unclear about who is alleged to have done what.

The three Colorado men reportedly left town after the altercation, but were stopped by Cody police and arrested a short time later.

While in custody on Sunday, Sergio Figueroa reportedly told police he’d come to Powell looking to settle a dispute with the man and had brought a gun along.

“Sergio [Figueroa] also admitted that the gun was involved during the fight,” Powell Police Officer Trevor Carpenter wrote in an affidavit filed in support of the charges.

Sergio Figueroa, of Milliken, Colorado, and Trejo, of nearby Evans, Colorado, each remained in jail at the Park County Detention Center on Wednesday, with bail set at $7,500 cash. Ramon Figueroa of Loveland, Colorado, also remained in jail, with bail set at $5,000.

Saturday’s altercation prompted multiple people to call 911, Carpenter wrote. Shortly after 3 p.m., dispatchers were told of a “gang fight” near the corner of Fifth and Hamilton streets, in which “several weapons were drawn and were being waved around,” Carpenter wrote.

The fight had ended by the time officers arrived at the scene.

Witnesses told police that a group of men in a Dodge truck “were the main aggressors” and had fled, Carpenter wrote.

The incident reportedly started after the Dodge truck parked next to the Powell man and one of his younger brothers.

“All witnesses stated that numerous Hispanic males (three to four) exited the Dodge truck and attacked the [Powell] brothers,” Carpenter wrote.

Several witnesses reported someone on the ground had been kicked and recalled seeing some kind of knife and a chain-like object used in the fight; one person was pistol-whipped and began bleeding heavily, police were told. The witnesses also said the men in the Dodge “appeared to have had the weapons,” Carpenter wrote.

The Powell man’s younger brother, who declined medical attention, said he thought he’d been kicked in the ribs. A third brother told police he’d also gotten involved in the fight to defend his family members.

Carpenter said he found “a large amount of spattered blood” on the street.

Powell police issued a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) alert for the Dodge and Cody police stopped the truck at 3:34 p.m. on Bighorn Avenue.

The men in the Dodge — later identified as the Figueroas and Trejo — had blood on some of their clothes and skin and some of their clothes were ripped, “as if they had been involved in a physical fight,” Carpenter wrote.

The Park County Attorney’s Office has charged all three Colorado men with attempting to cause or causing bodily injury with a deadly weapon.

Preliminary hearings to determine whether there’s enough evidence for the charges against the Figueros and Trejo to move toward a trial are tentatively set for Wednesday in Park County Circuit Court in Cody.