A manager at Cutty’s Bar and Grill called police Sept. 18 to report an employee who had threatened another employee with a knife.
Miljan Stevanovic, 29, was arraigned in Teton County District Court on Tuesday morning. He pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault.
The interaction was caught on surveillance video in the restaurant kitchen, according to a probable cause affidavit. Three men are visible on the video: Stevanovic, the victim and a manager, with the manager standing between the suspect and victim.
In the video, the men start arguing, Jackson Police Sgt. Russ Ruschill wrote in the statement.
“Stevanovic gets visibly angrier, moves to the top of the camera and takes off his shirt,” Ruschill wrote. “Stevanovic then turns around, grabs a bread knife off the salad bar area and lunges toward the bottom of the screen in the general direction of [the victim].”
Stevanovic continued to move toward the victim in “an aggressive attacking manner,” so the manager intervened by reaching out and pushing Stevanovic’s hand into the hot pizza oven, causing him to drop the knife.
The victim was still shaken hours after the incident.
“He was afraid that Stevanovic was going to stab him,” Ruschill wrote.
Stevanovic admitted to police that he got mad and lunged at his coworker with a knife in an attempt to scare him.
Stevanovic, who no longer works at Cutty’s, is out on bond. A jury trial has been set for February.