Five weeks ago the Wet Mountain Tribune, a weekly newspaper in Southern Colorado, reported that a young family had been the victims of an unprovoked attack by members of the Valiants Motorcycle Club over the Independence Day Weekend.
The Tribune reported that 25-year-old Travis Harter, his 24-year-old girlfriend Nicole Mickeletto and their three-year-old son “were surrounded by the motorcycle gang known as ‘Valiant.’”
“The attack began west of Wetmore on Highway 96,” the Tribune reported. “There were a dozen motorcycles and five SUVs that increased and decreased their speed around the family, and refused to let them pass.” “By the time the family had come onto Hardscrabble Road they had been rear-ended by one of the SUVs already.”
And according to the Tribune report, one motorcyclist pointed a gun at Harter and ordered him off the road. Then a white sport utility vehicle shoved the family’s car off the road. Harter was beaten, his headlights were smashed, his tires were slashed, his door was stabbed and his family was menaced.
Cañon City Daily Record
Today the Cañon City Daily Record added the detail that the couple’s dog was also beaten after barking in the backseat of the family car during the attack.
The Daily Record reported that Custer County Sheriff Fred Jobe has issued arrest warrants for four suspects in the case. “There were more at the scene of the assault,” Jobe told the paper. “We’ve identified more of them, but these four are the ones we know were at the scene, one of them being the main attacker. He is the one who did the most damage to the car and the victims.”
Harter was transported by ambulance to Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo where he was treated and released the same day.
Sheriff Jobe said yesterday, “Physically they (the family) are doing fine. Emotionally, they are still struggling with some of it.”
The Cañon City paper declined to “publish the names of the suspects…while the incident is being investigated.” The paper described the suspects as three males and one female from the Denver area who are in their late 20s or early 30s.
The Daily Record did reveal, “The four suspects are facing misdemeanor and felony charges including menacing, third-degree assault, criminal mischief, harassment, unlawful conduct on public property, theft, disorderly conduct, cruelty to animals and criminal attempt.”
“One of the suspects also is facing an additional charge for violation of a protection order because he was prohibited from possessing weapons. ”