Felony charge filed in Aspen assault | AspenTimes.com

Felony charge filed in Aspen assault

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” An Aspen man was charged Friday with felony assault for allegedly slugging a waiter at a Main Street restaurant earlier this month.

William Kai Beech, 28, stands accused of assault in the second degree and assault in the third degree, according to documents filed in Pitkin County District Court. The assault in the third degree count is a misdemeanor.

Beech faces up to six years in state prison if convicted of the alleged offenses, based on sentencing guidelines. He also could be fined up to $500,000.

Beech, a rugby player and former Aspen Daily News staff writer, was arrested on the evening of March 4 after he allegedly hit and knocked down a waiter at La Cantina, according to an affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court.

The incident happened about 10 p.m., shortly after Beech walked into the restaurant. He apparently went up to the bar and had a shot of “hard alcohol.”

At about the same time a waiter walked up to the bar area where “restaurant servers go to order drinks for their tables,” the affidavit states. The waiter said he observed a “white male about 6 (foot) 3 (inches) and about 220 pounds.”

The waiter said the man, identified as Beech, appeared to be “very drunk.” He apparently asked Beech to move several times.

The waiter subsequently “turned around to put straws in drinks and was blindsided by a punch from the man’s right arm”, the affidavit states. The punch knocked the waiter to the ground.

A female employee, who observed the incident, told police she did not see the waiter do anything to provoke the attack. The woman said it took several guys to pull Beech from the waiter.

In the process Beech allegedly bit one man’s hand. Beech was then escorted “out the back door by two people.”

The waiter was taken via ambulance to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment while the other man was treated at the scene. Beech was arrested about 11:15 p.m., and taken to Pitkin County jail.

He is to next appear in court April 6.


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