Friday, September 5, 2008

Denver Police Statement on Death of Pechanga's Gabriel Pico: 3 vs 1

A newly-elected California tribal leader fell and lost consciousness during a fight with three Denver strip club security guards and died two days later, police said Thursday.

Gabriel Pico, 41, of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, had attended the Democratic National Convention as a guest days before the 1:45 a.m. Saturday confrontation outside the Diamond Cabaret at 1222 Glenarm Place. He was taken by ambulance to Denver Health Medical Center where he died two days later.

An initial police report characterized the clash as felony aggravated assault and described the unnamed security guards as "suspects" who used "bodily force" against Pico.

"The investigation revealed that the victim and the . . . suspects were involved in a physical altercation," the police report said. "During the altercation the victim fell on the ground and lost consciousness."

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