Chef from Cdale accused of threatening to stab waiter at Snowmass restaurant
The Aspen Times
Police arrested a chef at an on-mountain Snowmass restaurant Tuesday after he allegedly threatened to stab a waiter, according to a police report.
Robert McConnell, 32, of Carbondale was arrested at the Lynn Britt Cabin restaurant near the Spider Sabich Race Arena and charged with felony menacing with a deadly weapon. He was taken down the mountain on a snowmobile accompanied by ski patrol and officers from the Snowmass Village Police Department, said Police Chief Brian Olson.
The incident was first reported to police about 2:15 p.m. by a member of the Snowmass ski patrol, according to a police report. At that point, Snowmass Village Police Sgt. Dave Heivly asked ski patrol to send two snowmobiles to transport him and another officer up to the restaurant, Olson said.
When they arrived, a waiter at the restaurant said a disagreement occurred between him and McConnell over food being delivered to the wrong table, the report states. The waiter said another employee later came out of the kitchen and said McConnell wanted to speak with him.
“(The waiter) said that when he went into the kitchen … McConnell threw some plates of food into the dishwashing station and started yelling at (the waiter),” according to the report.
The waiter said he and McConnell were about 3 feet apart when “McConnell took a step toward him, puffing up his chest, and stood chest to chest with (the waiter),” the report states. The waiter said he put his hands up in a defensive position.
“(The waiter) said that amidst McConnell’s yelling that McConnell produced a green knife, held it up at about shoulder height and said, ‘I’ll … stab you,’” the report states. “(The waiter) said that he was scared that McConnell would stab him.”
A man who witnessed the incident reported hearing McConnell threaten to stab the waiter while holding a green knife in his hand during the confrontation, the report states.
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