Man allegedly pulls knife in El Jebel restaurant

Staff report
Elmer Geovanni Monjaras-Villalta

A 25-year-old midvalley man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of threatening patrons of an El Jebel restaurant with a knife after he was asked to leave.

Elmer Geovanni Monjaras-Villalta, of El Jebel, was in San Miguel Panaderia in the El Jebel Plaza at about 2 p.m. when a verbal confrontation erupted, according to a report by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. Monjaras-Villalta was asked to leave by restaurant workers but allegedly pulled a knife, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jessie Mosher. Information wasn’t available on how many people were allegedly threatened or why the man was asked to leave the establishment. No one was injured. Law enforcement officials from Eagle County and Basalt responded to the call.

Monjaras-Villalta was booked into Eagle County Jail after he was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing and second-degree criminal trespass. He is being held on $7,500 bond. However, there is also a “hold” on him by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That means he cannot be released even if he posts bail until his legal status is checked by the federal agency.