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April 15, 2014
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Man allegedly pulls knife at Aspen bar

A Carbondale man faces a felony assault charge of menacing with a deadly weapon following an alleged incident at the Regal Watering Hole on Saturday night.

Saul Edgardo Mendez-Rivas, 29, listed in the arrest record as a carpet installer, is accused of pulling a knife on another man sometime around 11:30 p.m., according to the Aspen Police Department. On Sunday, he was released from the Pitkin County Jail after posting a cash bond of $2,500.

Aspen policeman Andrew Atkinson, in an arrest affidavit, writes that he was on patrol at about 11:42 p.m. when he and three other officers were called to the South Galena Street nightclub.

Once there, he ran into the club’s security director, who pointed to Mendez-Rivas, who was standing at the top of the stairs outside, according to the affidavit.

Officer Vanessa March asked Mendez-Rivas if he showed his knife to anyone in the club, Atkinson’s report says. He allegedly responded, “Yes, I did.” March then lifted a coat that was on the ground and “an open knife and credit card fell from the coat.”

Two witnesses, both men, told police they were hanging out at the club with their girlfriends when an intoxicated Mendez-Rivas, who was familiar with one of the women, tried to talk to them. He then asked one of the women to help him sign the bill for his tab.

When one of the men tried to help him sign the bill, the suspect became agitated and started cursing, Atkinson writes.

The man then pushed Mendez-Rivas back, and Mendez-Rivas pulled a knife, police said.

Both men told police that Mendez-Rivas “poised back with the knife in his hand as if he was going to stab (one of the men) with it,” Atkinson adds in his report.

The man who felt threatened told Mendez-Rivas he would meet him outside, and Mendez-Rivas left the club, the affidavit states. The man then contacted the club’s security director, who called police.

Mendez-Rivas is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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