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High Country Crime: Bar brawler arrested in Snowmass

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Snowmass Village police arrested Brandon Hines, 20, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Snowmass Village police arrested a Wisconsin man Monday, April 17, and charged him with assaulting a local man at a bar last week.

Brandon Hines, 20, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was cooperative but declined to speak to officers about the incident when they spoke with him Monday morning, said Brian Olson, Snowmass Village police chief. Hines was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.

Police released a video surveillance photo on Sunday of Hines and two other men with him during the bar fight and received a call Monday morning from a person who worked at a Snowmass Village condominium complex reporting the three men to be staying there, Olson said.

The incident occurred just before midnight Thursday at Zane's Tavern in Snowmass Village after an altercation between Hines, the victim, Jim Andre, and other men in the bar, Olson said. At one point, video shows Hines jump off his bar stool and throw a right hook punch that connects with the side of Andre's face, he said. Andre then fell to the ground and hit his head on the floor.

Video shows the situation escalating between Hines, his two friends and others sitting at the bar during a 10-minute period leading up to the punch. At one point, Hines intentionally knocked over the drink of a man sitting next to him, then flipped the man's ball cap off his head, Olson said.

That man gets up from the bar and steps back into the bar area before Andre inserts himself into the conversation and begins engaging Hines and his two friends, he said. Not long after, Hines jumps out of his seat and throws the punch.

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