LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Police are continuing their effort to identify a man who was one of a group of adults who threw punches during a Lakewood youth baseball game last weekend. They told CBS4 on Wednesday that tips about the man in the teal shorts seen in video of the fight have been coming in, but they have yet to cite him.
The fight happened Saturday on Westgate Elementary School’s baseball diamond during a Bear Creek Junior Baseball game. It erupted after a call was made by a 13-year-old umpire, and the 7-year-old players could be seen in the videos released by police running off the field after the melee began.
Police shared the videos with the public on Tuesday, and they touched nerves across Colorado. They have issued five citations for disorderly conduct for people who were involved:
David Williams, 24, of Littleton
Ernest Vigil, 55, of Denver
Manuel Garduno, 47, of Denver
Manuel Garduno Jr., 29, of Denver
Darren Garduno, 26, of Denver
They say the man in the teal shorts delivered a blow that was so forceful it knocked another person out. He could face more serious charges than those being cited.
“This went beyond a simple shoving match. Fists were flying. As you can see, there’s fights all over the field. There’s several fights going on at the same time between men and women. Several people were injured. We had at least one person with serious bodily injuries. It’s disgusting,” Lakewood police spokesman John Romero said.
Concepción Rivera, a parent whose son plays in the same league, told CBS4 she was appalled by the videos.
“Parents shouldn’t be acting like that. It’s a game, it should be fun,” she said.
The Bear Creek Junior Sports Association released the following statement about the investigation late Wednesday:
BCJSA would like to apologize to our members and community in regards to the events that took place this past weekend. BCJSA has ZERO tolerance for this type of behavior….PERIOD. We are embarassed, ashamed and angry that this has taken place. As of now, the Jeffco Co-Op has ended the seaon for both teams involved and all BC coaches and parents identified participating in the incident are being removed indefinitely.
– BCJSA Executive Board
The following are other images captured from the video of the brawl. (You are asked to contact Lakewood police if you can identify certain people in the video, or have more information about it that could be helpful to the investigation.)