Summit sheriffs arrest Commerce City man on suspicion of hate crime
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A 38-year-old man from Commerce City is potentially facing serious felony charges after he was arrested July 7 following an altercation on a Summit Stage bus.
Jay Cornwell, III was arrested at about 9 p.m. after he made derogatory comments, exposed his buttocks and struck another Summit Stage passenger.
Cornwell was charged with third-degree assault, bias-motived crimes, and harassment. Cornwell is still in custody; his bond was set at $2,500.
Third degree assault and harassment are both class-one misdemeanors, punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment and/or $5,000.00 fine. The bias-motivated crime was charged as a class five felony, punishable by up to three years imprisonment and up to $100,000 fine.
Summit Stage buses are all equipped with surveillance equipment, so it’s possible the alleged assault was captured on video.
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