A Hailey man has been charged with felony aggravated battery following an alleged altercation at a bar in Hailey during the early-morning hours of Aug. 4.
Jason Arturo Quintana, 39, had an initial appearance Monday. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Hailey Police Sgt. Charles Cox, officers responded to the Red Shoe bar in Hailey around 1:45 a.m. for a reported battery. As officers entered the establishment from the back door, they noticed a pool of blood by a billiards table and a line of blood that led to the men’s bathroom. Upon entering the bathroom, they found the bar’s manager and the alleged victim, who was bleeding from the face and head. Officers observed a deep cut on his chin, bruising under his eyes and a large cut on the back of his head.
On Aug. 8, the alleged victim went to the Hailey Police Department, according to the affidavit, so officers could take follow-up photos of his injuries. At that time he told officers that the doctor who treated him “gave him two staples in the head, and 12 stiches on his chin.” In addition, he explained that his right cheekbone was fractured, and he had sustained a concussion.
On Aug. 10, Quintana and his girlfriend came to the Police Department at Cox’s request to give a statement on the events of Aug. 4. Cox interviewed both Quintana and his girlfriend separately, according to the affidavit.
Quintana’s girlfriend told Cox that the alleged victim had not spoken to her while at the bar, that he was drunk and that she witnessed him come into the room and fall, at which point she indicated to Quintana that they should leave the bar.
According to the affidavit, Quintana told Cox that there was an argument in the back of the bar and that someone had blood on himself, which was when he and his girlfriend left through the back of the bar. Quintana was at first adamant that he was not the one who hit the alleged victim, and that he left because they were intoxicated. Cox told Quintana that he and his girlfriend’s stories didn’t align and told him that he already knew he had hit the alleged victim and that Quintana needed to be truthful.
Quintana then changed his story and said the alleged victim was making derogatory comments about a woman and that he gave him a warning to leave. Quintana allegedly admitted to laying hands on the alleged victim and punching him in the face three times.
However, at his initial appearance Monday, Quintana again claimed his innocence, telling the judge, “This is wrong, I didn’t do this.”
Quintana is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 20, at which time the prosecutor must present sufficient evidence for the case to be bond over to District Court as a felony.