Farmington man arrested for wielding knife in restaurant dispute

by William Morris
Sun Thisweek
Dakota County Tribune

A Farmington man is in hot water after police say he pulled a knife during a dispute at an Owatonna bar.

Esteban Velez, 61, was charged Monday with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony. The charge carries a statutory sentence between one and seven years in prison.

According to the complaint, police responded Saturday shortly before 7 p.m. to the 43rd Street Pub and Grill for a report of a fight. Police located Velez leaving in his vehicle, and he told them he never used the knife, but got it out to scare some people after they accused him of looking at someone’s girlfriend. Officers found a knife in the driver-side door of the vehicle.

Witnesses and employees at the pub told police an employee at the pub was arguing with Velez and telling him he could not come back inside, and that Velez then pulled out the knife and was pointing it at the employee. Witnesses said Velez was warned repeatedly to put away the knife or police would be called.

Court records show Velez appeared before the court Monday and was set bail of $5,000 with conditions or $10,000 without. He is due back in court on June 20.