Alleged assault victim speaks out

By: Andie Adams Email
By: Andie Adams Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The woman who police say was assaulted downtown by a CMU football player speaks out for the first time.

Chelsea Gallagher sat in her hospital room Sunday afternoon, recounting the events that led to her hospitalization and the arrest of the CMU athlete Shane Williams, who is accused of assaulting her.

Gallagher says it started as an argument when she, her girlfriend and some other friends were leaving the Red Room on First Avenue early Friday morning.

"Going outside to leave, is when they started kind of making comments about us being gay and saying that Ashley looked like a boy and stuff," said Gallagher.

And that's the last thing she remembers.

She apparently has no memory of the 15 minutes before and after she regained consciousness from her head injury.

Chelsea's girlfriend, Ashley Davis, filled in some of the gaps.

"I got kind of testy with him as well. It started out as just an argument," said Davis.

Davis said a man named Dakota was yelling homophobic slurs at the four women.

"Me and Dakota ended up in a little bit of a scuffle, some pushing and what not,” said Davis. “I guess he had me in a head lock, and at this time I think Chelsea was trying to break us up."

That's when witnesses said Shane Williams got physical.

"My roommate said that he picked me up by the waste and slammed me down on the ground."

The alleged attack resulted in a fractured skull, bleeding from the ear and an extended stay at the ICU for Gallagher.

While Davis said he was probably standing up for his friend, Williams used more force than necessary.

"I don't think he meant to do what he did, but it did happen,” said Davis. “So I’m not making excuses for him and his actions whatsoever."

Gallagher could not explain it either.

"I don't know what would make him go that extreme,” said Gallagher. “Being my height and my weight and stuff, it would not take much to get me away."

Williams was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of second degree assault, possessing a fake ID and underage drinking.

Gallagher will stay in the hospital until tomorrow to make sure the swelling in her brain has gone down.

Shane Williams declined to comment on the story. He's now out on bond. Official charges will be announced this Thursday.

No word from CMU on whether any disciplinary action will be taken.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2012 at 10:02 AM
    Hey "listen up" just curious on why you respond to everyone but not the ones talking about her past or her girlfriends? intresting. you right though, everyone does want to be these girls! what person wouldnt want bad skin?!?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM
    Chelsea Gallagher isn't as innocent as she potrays to be.....
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    I agree, all 3 girls? well, their mom was also with a woman for years befoer she "found god". this family is a mess. its amazing without make up what they really look like! yikes!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:15 PM in reply to
      You have no idea what your talking about! She is the most amazing sweet lady I have ever met! You are the meanest person and have no clue what your talking about shut your mouth!
  • by Sheila on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:33 AM
    I agree with the past of certain people. They tend to always be involved in bad situations. Not that she deserved to be tackled by a guy at all. But seriously, trying to turn it into her being gay is ridiculous. Own up to the fact that you played a part in this whole drama. You have had your share of trouble so quit acting like you are so innocent. He is not innocent either, just as she is not.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:20 PM in reply to Sheila
      Your a low life and are jealous just like every other person that speaks out that have no idea what is going on!! Shut your mouth!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
    I know this has nothing to do with it and I am not against homosexuals. In fact I have plenty of them in my life... but what is weird is how do all three Gallager girls turn out gay?????? I do believe that gay ppl are born with those hormones but really all 3 girls hmmmm just saying... hope she gets better soon.
  • by Responding to Shelby on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:13 AM
    Why would you but quotations around the word google? I assume you're extremely illiterate and uneducated. As for you searching you didn't look very hard. Here is the first article that came up from a google search. Assault at store reported Chelsea Gallagher, 21, address unavailable, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of criminal trespass and third-degree assault. According to the Grand Junction Police Department, Gallagher approached a man and a woman who were in a vehicle at Maverik convenience store, 2948 F Road, unlocked the vehicle, opened the door and punched the woman, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, twice in the face. Gallagher had been exchanging text messages with the other woman, and that led to the two meeting at the gas station, the Police Department said.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:57 PM
    Homosexuals and lesbians have no value in society. They are nothing but antagonistic liars. Send them back into the closets.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 03:07 PM in reply to
      geese ppl like u I wish never left the whom... you suck and what a boring life you must have..
    • reply
      by elliot on Feb 22, 2012 at 03:38 PM in reply to
      Big words by someone who won't even sign their name, Mr. or Ms. Anonymous. So easy to hate behind a mask. Your ignorance is astounding. What was the last positive contribution you made to society?
      • reply
        by MRS. better things to do on Feb 22, 2012 at 04:47 PM in reply to elliot
        Well Elliot your right I def have better things to do then discuss how close minded ppl like you are in this world.... And to anyone who thinks they have the right to judge anyones VALUE better check your own.... thanks for the chat you ignorant babbaling idiot.. gosh some peoples kids...
    • reply
      by Listen up on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM in reply to
      Your not important enough to have said such a bold statement. You are clearly not gay but your are of real quality are you? So you have an opinion and you can type good for you. SHut your mouth and get a clue. Ignorance is so ugly sad for you:(
  • by Booger on Feb 21, 2012 at 04:47 PM
    What do you call a woman who has two black eyes? Nothing, she didn't listen the first two times.
  • by kara Location: g.j. on Feb 21, 2012 at 02:50 PM
    THis cracks me up! seriously, a hate crime? she sure is fishing isnt she? These girls have always been a nightmare to this town.they all are money hungry trash. she is looking for a paycheck. i am suprised the other sisters havent had their 30 seconds of fame on the local news as well. classy girls we are dealing with here. loooove the black eye, and the ballon...well that pretty much says it all. "milk it girl" we know you will. make your family proud.
    • reply
      by Listen up on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:25 PM in reply to kara
      The only problem we have ever had in this town is people who want to be us are mad they are not. The insure garbage that never leaves or grows up. We will always have more money then we need and CLASSY is always how we ROLL. Please stop making us so famous but taking the time to talk about us. We would appreciate it. Its not a hate crime B***** at this time its just a crime a person hurting another person. They all need to pay and at this time Chelsea is paying and so does he. SHUT YOUR MOUTH
  • by Truth on Feb 21, 2012 at 01:25 PM
    People really believe this is a hate crime? The "victim" and her friends have been starting confrontations/altercations around this town for YEARS. Everybody in this Valley knows that. The poor, innocent "victim" was arrested AND charged for beating a girl to a pulp in a gas station last July. Google it. Same thing about here and her girlfriend stealing property/identities from the Golds gym. The "victim" is a criminal just like her girlfriend and I assure you they get into altercations every time they leave the house. I'm surprised it took so long for something like this to happen to these "victims". The truth will come out and I would be shocked if all charges aren't dropped.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 02:30 PM in reply to Truth
      Enliven us 'truth'. Share the link.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 03:31 PM in reply to Truth
      Is this who you all keep referring to? Sounds like the wrong person.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM in reply to
        Was a victim of her crime spree.... trust me IT'S HER!!!!!!
    • reply
      by Shelby on Feb 22, 2012 at 06:51 AM in reply to Truth
      Okay, I've "Googled it", and find nothing about this woman (Chelsea Gallagher) beating up someone. Haven't "googled" the gf, but even so... There is "reasonable force" when being attacked by someone. I don't believe anyone would call body slamming reasonable (unless weapons were involved, in which case, I think we'd be reading about two women who killed a CMU football player).
KKCO NBC 11 News
2531 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Station Phone: 970.243.1111
Business Fax: 970.243.1770
Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793
News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 139659213 -
Gray Television, Inc.