Two arrested after fight over dog

Brawl spills out onto Fifth Street, snarling rush-hour traffic on bridge

Grand Junction police officers and Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies investigate the circumstances that caused a fight over a dog between four people in the area of the Fifth Street bridge Tuesday evening.

A woman and man are in custody after a fight over a dog late Tuesday afternoon on the Fifth Street bridge escalated to include an ax, a board, and a father trying to protect his young son, Grand Junction police said.

Elizabeth Jade Bailey, 30, and her boyfriend, Daniel Wayne Marvel, 31, were both arrested after the brawl, which snarled traffic on the bridge Tuesday at rush hour.

Police who responded to the fight learned that Bailey, who said she is four months pregnant, was camping under the Fifth Street bridge with one of the victims in the fight, a 27-year-old woman, and a dog, an arrest affidavit said. Bailey claimed the other woman showed up at the camp drunk Tuesday and unsuccessfully tried to take the dog, claiming she had “found the dog a home.”

A 50-year-old man became involved when the 27-year-old woman asked him to help her find a missing dog.

“(The woman) told him some homeless individuals had her dog and she wanted to retrieve it,” the affidavit said.

The man, who had his young son with him, gave her a ride, the report said.

Bailey and Marvel were walking together to Whitman Park with the dog when the other woman — driven by the 50-year-old man — showed up again and tried to take the dog again.

“Bailey stated (the woman) was pushing her in the abdomen and she was concerned for her baby,” the report said.

A witness who tried to stop the fight told police that when he arrived on scene Marvel was holding the other woman while Bailey beat her with a board.

The 50-year-old, who had given the younger woman a ride, said he tried to intervene and take the dog, but Marvel “raised an ax above his head in a threatening manner,” the affidavit said. 

The man said he was worried about his young son in the car, and tried to find something to fend off Marvel. The two men were scuffling when police arrived, the report said.

Bailey was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, and Marvel on suspicion of felony menacing.

Public Defender Christina Brown argued in court Wednesday for Marvel to be released on a personal-recognizance bond, noting that he wants to be able to get out to care for Bailey, who is pregnant and had a seizure in the jail before the hearing. Marvel began crying while Brown addressed the court.

But Mesa County Judge Gretchen Larson ordered him held on a $1,000 cash bond after Chief Deputy District Attorney Trish Mahre noted that Marvel has three pending felony cases.

Bailey didn’t appear in court Wednesday due to her seizure. She’s now scheduled to appear on Friday.


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