A 22-year-old man could face a felony charge after police say he fought with nightclub security earlier this month in Garden City.
About 11:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Garden City police responded to El Rodeo Nightclub, at 510 25th St., where a drunk man was reportedly fighting with security. On arrival, police found security had detained 22-year-old Rigoberto Rangel-Medrano, who was in need of treatment for pepper spray exposure.
A security guard told police he saw Rangel-Medrano enter a restroom and engage in a drug deal. The guard told Rangel-Medrano drugs weren’t allowed on the premise and told him he had to leave, according to court documents. It’s unclear from court documents whether the guard saw the other person involved in the drug deal, but online arrest records maintained by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office indicate Garden City police did not arrest anyone else that day.
Rangel-Medrano became verbally aggressive with security, the guard told police. At one point, the guard asked Rangel-Medrano what he placed in his back pocket, and Rangel-Medrano pulled his face mask from his right rear pocket. The guard saw a bag of what appeared to be cocaine inside the mask, he later told police.
Security began to escort Rangel-Medrano out of the club, when he swung at a guard and punched him in the face, according to court records. The victim said Rangel-Medrano broke a $400 pair of glasses and an $800 phone in the struggle. The guard continued to bleed from his nose after police arrived.
Police found the bag, which tested presumptive positive for half a gram of cocaine, according to court records. Rangel-Medrano was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief, a Class 6 felony, third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and misdemeanor drug possession. He was taken to the Weld County Jail, from which he has since been released.
The Weld District Attorney’s Office has a deadline of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to file formal charges in this case.
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