Fired man insults former co-worker in Aspen, gets punched |

Fired man insults former co-worker in Aspen, gets punched

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

If you repeatedly talk smack about a man’s mother, you’re likely to be on the receiving end of a knuckle sandwich.

That’s the common-sense lesson learned by a drunk man last weekend who confronted a former co-worker at Rubey Park and ended up on his backside, according to a police report.

The incident occurred at about 2 a.m. Sunday, when a 32-year-old man who’d been fired from a downtown restaurant walked up to his former co-worker, Kelly Knudsvig, 27. Knudsvig “was waiting for the bus to go home after having a few drinks and a good evening,” the police report states.

“Are we good?” Knudsvig asked the man, in an effort determine if there were issues between them because of the firing.

“No,” the man replied, according to the report.

The 32-year-old fired worker then “got in Mr. Knudsvig’s face saying threatening things to and about his mother,” including vulgarities, the report says. The man also included “many more statements about his mother and family members.”

“Mr. Knudsvig was unable to control his frustration after extended and continuous verbal assaults regarding his family members,” and told a police officer he tackled the man and punched him while he was on the ground.

Later, Knudsvig told police that the man’s girlfriend tried to strangle him after he tackled the man, according to another police report.

Police described the man who was punched as “intoxicated, swaying and had slurred speech.” The man said his knee hurt and police saw a small amount of blood coming from the back of his head, the report states.

“I asked if he was in pain, and he said no,” the officer reported.

Knudsvig admitted tackling and punching the other man, and told a police officer he understood that his actions constituted assault and battery and “he was willing to accept the consequences.”

“He also said he was sorry, but that he could not allow (his former co-worker) to continue to verbally assault him over and over,” the report states. “Mr. Knudsvig was very cooperative en route to the Pitkin County Jail and throughout the entire jail processing.”

At the jail, Knudsvig even admitted that he’d been previously told by another Aspen police officer that the fired man might try “to bait him into a fight and not to give in and fight him.” He was given a municipal court summons for assault and was allowed to leave the jail.

“Mr. Knudsvig shook the Pitkin County deputy’s hand and my hand as he left the jail,” Aspen police officer Seth Delgrasso wrote in his report, “and thanked us for how he was treated throughout, and he looked forward to seeing us under different circumstances.”