DENVER — A man was stabbed and later died outside a popular taco restaurant in an early-morning attack Tuesday, the Denver Police Department.
The incident happened near Broadway and 11th Avenue, near the Torchy’s Tacos restaurant, about 12:45 a.m.
When police arrived, they found the 29-year-old man unresponsive in the restaurant’s parking lot. He was taken to Denver Health Medical Center and pronounced dead.
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Witnesses told police the man got into an argument with another man who was wearing “white clown-type makeup with black streaks on his face and a glove with blades at the end of each finger,” police said.
Witnesses estimated the blades were 2 to 3 inches long.
Witnesses said the men were at the Corner Store at Broadway and 10th Avenue when the man with the makeup and glove approached the victim and began threatening him.
When the victim attempted to move away, the man, later identified as 36-year-old Christian Lee Gulzow, took swings at him with the claw gloves. The victim tried to defend himself by hitting the man, police said.
The victim walked away north up the alley when Gulzow followed and continued yelling at him Witnesses said they heard arguing but did not see what happened to the victim.
The victim was later seen with Gulzow in the Torchy’s parking lot when Gulzow left southbound on Broadway on a scooter. The victim then collapsed.
A man matching the description of Gulzow was seen in the 900 block of Galapago Street on surveillance video throwing an object into the bushes.
Police later found a knife in the bushes covered with the suspect’s blood. Gulzow was later found at West Alameda Avenue and Lipan Street covered in blood.
Gulzow was taken into custody and said he and the victim got into an argument, and that the victim threatened him by saying “to get out of my alley.”
Gulzow said the victim was the one who attacked him and took his scooter, police said. Gulzow said he tackled the victim to get his scooter back.
Gluzow told police the victim might have been hurt when he jabbed the claw glove at the victim or the victim fell on one of Gulzow’s spiked wrist bracelets, an account that did not match up with witness reports.
Gulzow is being held for investigation of first-degree murder.
The victim, who has not been identified, died from a single stab wound to the throat, police said.