Homicide

Man in clown makeup with bladed gloves held in Denver stabbing, police say

A man was stabbed and later died outside a popular taco restaurant -- apparently by a man in clown makeup -- in an early-morning attack Tuesday, the Denver Police Department said.

When police arrived, they found the 29-year-old man unresponsive in the Torchy's Tacos parking lot. He was taken to Denver Health Medical Center and pronounced dead.

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 man with the makeup and glove approached the victim and began threatening him.

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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 a scooter. The victim then collapsed.

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Police later found a knife in the bushes covered with the suspect's blood. Gulzow was later found 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.

Gulzow is being held for investigation of first-degree murder.

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