STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two people on Christmas Eve after two incidents in Oak Creek and Phippsburg.
Odell Rogers, 30, of the state of Nevada, and Chelsey Salazar, 35, of Oak Creek, were charged with second-degree assault, criminal attempt of vehicular assault, violation of bond conditions and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
At about 4:20 p.m. Thursday, an off-duty Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who lives in Phippsburg, called Routt County Communications and reported a 36-year-old man had suffered an injury to his hand, which the man said was the result of Rogers and Salazar jumping out of a Toyota 4Runner and attacking him with a knife.
A witness, who was interviewed by deputies who responded to the report, said he was walking his dog at around 3:30 p.m. in Phippsburg when he saw a man walking and a Toyota 4Runner driving southbound down the same street. The witness said he saw the vehicle approach the alleged victim, swerve to the left and attempt to hit him, according to an affidavit filed in Routt County Court states.
The passenger in the vehicle, identified as Rogers in the affidavit, then jumped out of the passenger’s side of the vehicle and started to chase the victim. The man eventually gave up on the chase, got back into the car and the driver sped into a different alley, the affidavit states.
The witness found a cellphone at the scene of the altercation and brought it to Lt. Ryan Adrian at the off-duty deputy’s house, where deputies were speaking with the alleged victim.
The witness told Adrian the suspect’s vehicle was parked at the intersection of Pine Street and Fifth Avenue in Phippsburg with a flat tire. Deputies responded and found Salazar and Rogers in a vehicle matching