Man arrested for conduct at church
Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Friday night after he allegedly urinated on the Aspen Chapel and shoved a member of the chapel’s choir to the ground.
Kenneth E. Maffei, 39, was arrested for disorderly conduct and harassment. He was issued a summons to appear in Pitkin County Court on April 20.
According to a written statement prepared by Deputy Brady Jax, Maffei flew into the Aspen Airport Friday and commissioned a taxi to drive him on various errands for about two-and-a-half hours. For undetermined reasons, Maffei then instructed his driver to stop at the Aspen Chapel, where he got out.
The Aspen Chapel Choir was practicing inside. One choir member, William J. Capps, observed “what appeared to be a very intoxicated person stumbling around outside on the front entrance walkway,” the statement said. Thinking the man must be looking for the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that was being held downstairs, Capps went outside to help Maffei to the meeting, according to Jax’s report. Maffei ignored Capps’ advances and walked around the corner of the chapel, where Capps observed him urinating on the chapel office windows, the statement said.
Capps then asked Maffei if he could show him to the AA meeting, according to the statement. “Mr. Maffei then turned to Mr. Capps and, in an aggressive manner, walked toward him” and made an insulting, lewd suggestion, the statement said.
Capps again offered to show Maffei to the AA meeting, to which Maffei replied, again aggressively, “Come on, punch me,” according to the report.
Capps walked away toward the chapel entrance and Maffei followed. When Capps was at the doorway, Maffei shoved him from behind so that he hit the ground, the statement said.
Deputies arrived soon thereafter and placed Maffei under arrest.
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