Country Jammer’s teeth punched out; man on probation

Zachary Denny

A Lone Tree man on probation was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly punching another man at Country Jam and knocking out his teeth, a Mesa County prosecutor said in court.

Zachary Matthew Denny, 28, was arrested after Mesa County sheriff’s deputies responding to an assault report at the Country Jam Ranch campground at 2:23 a.m. found a victim bleeding from the mouth while several people nearby hunted for his missing tooth in the grass, an arrest affidavit said.

The victim — a 22-year-old man — told deputies that Denny was “touching women inappropriately on the dance floor,” the report said. When the victim and a friend asked Denny to leave, he “left momentarily,” before returning.

“(The victim) stated Zachary walked up to him and said he wanted to shake his hand,” the report said. “Instead of shaking his hand, however, he punched (the victim) in the face.”

The victim was missing one tooth from a set of upper dentures he wore, as well as one permanent tooth, the report said.

A witness said the victim was knocked out by the blow, and that Denny fled afterward.

When deputies arrived on scene, the victim’s friend — the other man who had asked Denny to leave the floor — had Denny in a “chokehold.” He said he had followed Denny when he fled.

A 43-year-old woman told deputies on the scene that she was the person Denny had been allegedly touching inappropriately, and that she witnessed the attack.

Denny appeared before Mesa County Judge Bruce Raaum on Friday afternoon on suspicion of second-degree assault, a felony.

Mesa County prosecutor Mark Hand asked for a cash-only bond for Denny, referencing his federal probation. Hand said Denny’s federal case was connected to a bank robbery.

Public Defender Kevin Vermillion asked for a personal-recognizance bond, and said he has done well on probation other than Friday’s incident.

He said Denny has two children and a job on the Front Range.

Raaum sided with Hand and issued Denny a $5,000 cash-only bond. Denny is due to appear next before District Judge Brian Flynn.

The victim, who had an inch-long cut in his lip, was hospitalized.

Denny was the first person arrested at Country Jam this year, although by the end of the Mack festival’s first day, 44 people had been issued alcohol-related infractions, according to a news release from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.


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