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A Montrose man was jailed Monday on suspicion of severely injuring another man, who was taken to Montrose Memorial Hospital to be treated for blunt-force trauma.

The alleged victim was later transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Gabriel R. Rice, 19, is suspected of first-degree assault, second-degree trespass and underage consumption of alcohol. Bond upon arrest was $60,000.

Formal charges have not been filed. He is due in court Wednesday, at which time a different bond amount is likely to be set.

The Montrose Police Department is trying to locate Sara Moniz, 20, as a possible person of interest, Cmdr. Tim Cox said. Anyone with information about the incident, or Moniz’s whereabouts, is asked to call dispatch at 970-249-9110.

Police were called to Encanto Place late Monday on reports of a 34-year-old man who was unconscious and not breathing. When they arrived, they found the individual conscious and breathing, but he “obviously had some major injuries,” Cox said.

The injured man had extreme swelling on the left side of his bloodied face and could not communicate much beyond saying he was in pain, Officer Mariah Smith wrote in Rice’s arrest affidavit.

Rice allegedly kicked in the man’s bedroom door and assaulted him, according to the affidavit.

Rice then departed the home, which he shared with the man and others, and left in a vehicle, the affidavit said.

At the hospital, doctors told police the injured man had facial fractures, a subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma. He was able to understand what officers were saying, but not able to communicate back. He was taken to St. Mary’s in Grand Junction “due to the extent of his injuries,” the affidavit said.

While officers were at the Montrose hospital trying to speak to the injured man, other officers responded to calls that another man was lying in a backyard on South Second Street.

The man, alleged to be Rice, was taken into custody at gunpoint. He reportedly said “he did not know what he was doing because he was too drunk,” and, once at the hospital for medical clearance, said “I (expletive) him up.”

Police consider the incident an unprovoked assault, Cox said.

Katharhynn Heidelberg is the Montrose Daily Press assistant editor and senior writer. Follow her on Twitter, @kathMDP.

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