Suspect arrested in stabbing outside downtown GJ bar

John Mauterer

Angry words early Monday between patrons at a downtown Grand Junction bar resulted in one man stabbing another with a pocket knife, according to an arrest affidavit.

John Mauterer, 53, was ordered held at the Mesa County Jail on $25,000 bond following his arrest on suspicion of second-degree assault stemming from a fight on the sidewalk outside Rocky Mountain Pub, 539 Colorado Ave.

“They attacked me, it didn’t even penetrate them that bad ... I cut myself worse than I did them,” Mauterer allegedly told officers while being hauled away to jail. ” ... Me and my big mouth got me into trouble.”

Mauterer’s accuser told officers he was stabbed twice, in the ribs and leg, after he left the bar, and that Mauterer, who was unknown to him, started “talking (expletive),” the affidavit said. The man described being knocked to the ground twice and cut with a 2-inch pocket knife.

Mauterer appeared heavily intoxicated and claimed that two men, “tackled him and almost killed him,” the affidavit said. Mauterer told officers he’d been drinking whiskey, which he hadn’t had in a long time.

Independent witnesses said a third party took the knife from Mauterer after he’d assaulted the victim.


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