Suspect wearing clown makeup allegedly stabs man to death
A man was fatally stabbed outside a popular taco restaurant in an early-morning attack on Tuesday orchestrated by a person wearing clown makeup, police say.
KDVR reports that the incident occurred near the Torchy's Tacos restaurant in Denver.
When the officers with the Denver Police Department arrived, they found a 29-year-old man unresponsive in the parking lot. He was taken to Denver Health Medical Center and pronounced dead.
Witnesses told police that the man who is now deceased got into a fight with the man wearing "white clown-type makeup with black streaks on his face and a glove with blades at the end of each finger," KDVR reports.
The blades were 2 or 3 inches long, and KMGH compared the gloves to those worn by Freddy Krueger in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies.
When the victim tried to escape, the man in clown makeup, who was identified as 36-year-old Christian Lee Gulzow, swung at him with his claw gloves. The victim hit the man in self-defense, police said.
As the victim walked away, Gulzow followed and continued yelling. Later, witnesses saw the victim and Gulzow in the Torchy's parking lot. Gulzow escaped on a scooter, and moments later, the victim collapsed.
Gulzow was spotted on camera throwing an object into the bushes a few blocks away. Police recovered the knife, which was covered in the suspect's blood. Gulzow was found nearby and was also covered in blood.
When he was taken into custody, he explained to police that he and the victim got into an argument in which the victim threatened him by saying "get out of my alley," KDVR reports.
Gluzow told police that he might have injured the victim when he jabbed him with the claw glove or when the victim fell on one of Gulzow's spiked bracelets. This account does not match up with witness reports.
Gulzow is being held for investigation of first-degree murder, according to KDVR.
Police said the victim, who has not yet been identified, died from a stab wound to the throat.