Aspen apartment dispute leads to knife threat
A 58-year-old Aspen man was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening the property manager of his apartment building with a knife, according to court documents.
Christopher Perez was charged with felony menacing, though he denied pulling the 7-inch knife on the 53-year-old property manager, according to an affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court.
The property manager of the building in the 200 block of Lone Pine Drive called police about 2:15 p.m. Monday and reported that Perez left a hand-written note on his apartment door that said, “If you ever lay your hands on me you are a dead man,” the affidavit states.
The manager told police the note “pissed me off, so I went to confront Christopher,” according to the affidavit.
The property manager said he found Perez near his truck in the parking lot, and “had words” with him from about 6 feet away. That’s when Perez reached into his backpack, pulled out the 7-inch knife and began swinging it side to side, the affidavit states.
The property manager then backed off and called police.
Perez told officers that two or three months ago, he argued with the manager after the manager came to his house unannounced to fix his smoke alarm. At the time, Perez said the property manager “pushed him around,” according to the affidavit.
Perez denied brandishing the knife, though officers found a knife the manager said looked like the one he used in his kitchen drawer. He was arrested after the manager said he wanted to see Perez go to jail, the affidavit states.
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