Knife incident tops busy weekend |

Knife incident tops busy weekend

Aspen Times Staff Report

A man who allegedly drew a knife during an altercation on the Cooper Avenue Mall Friday night was one arrest among several during a weekend described by police yesterday as “very busy for the night shift.”

Aspen police made “a whole bunch of arrests” during the nighttime hours over the weekend, according to Patrol Supervisor Sandy Brownlee. They included multiple arrests for underage drinking, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct related to the knife incident.

At about 9:15 p.m. Friday, police were called for “a pyscho with a knife in front the Howling Wolf on Cooper Avenue,” Brownlee said.

When police arrived, witnesses identified Mikele Casto, 38, described by Brownlee as “one of our local transients,” as the man who allegedly pulled a knife during an escalating verbal confrontation with another, unidentified man.

“Whoever he was wielding it at ran off before officers got there, so [Casto] was just arrested for disorderly conduct, instead of something like felony menacing, since we didn’t have contact with the victim,” Brownlee explained.

Casto was booked into jail on the Class 2 misdemeanor charge, and later bonded out. He is scheduled to appear in Pitkin County Court on Feb. 29.

“According to witnesses, there was a little bumping going on between the two,” Brownlee said. “Supposedly, the other guy took a swing at Casto and then he pulled the knife.”

No injuries were reported, she said.

On Saturday night, police arrested a 20-year-old resident of the Copper Horse – an affordable housing building located at 328 Main St. – for allegedly breaking one window and an entrance door on the west side of the building.

Allen Griego was arrested for criminal mischief, a Class 2 misdemeanor.

In addition, Aspen police placed two or three 17- to 20-year-old valley youths under arrest for underage consumption of alcohol, Brownlee said. All the youths were summoned to appear in court and released.

Also on Saturday night, police arrested one person related to a domestic violence incident in Aspen, Brownlee said.

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