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PD: Bridgeport man threatened restaurant owner at gunpoint

October 19, 2018 GMT

BRIDGEPORT — A man previously convicted on weapons charges was again charged last month for threatening a city restaurant owner and security staff at gunpoint, an incident report said.

Shakir Sultan, 39, of Thorme Street in Bridgeport, was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, failure to safely store a loaded firearm, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, carrying a dangerous weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and ammunition and first-degree threatening.

A recently obtained incident report indicated that on Sept. 17, police responded to Paradise Restaurant and Bar at 1725 Barnum Ave. around 1 a.m. for a report of a suspicious man with a gun who fled in a silver car with Florida plates.

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Officers that spoke to the owner and security at the bar found out that the man, later identified as Sultan, was asked to leave the bar when he started to “become disruptive,” the incident report said. The owner told police the man had been a patron of his for some time.

According to the report, Sultan was unhappy that he was asked to leave and said he would be back. And shortly after, the incident report said, Sultan did exactly that.

“He was pound and kicking on the door,” the report said. And when the owner and security staff opened the door, “he then pulled a firearm out from somewhere on his person, held it in his right hand, and said ‘Now what!’ ‘You know me now!?’”

Sultan left, in a Enterprise rental car with a passenger, after the owner ran back inside to call 911.

Officers soon found the suspect vehicle at the Turnid gas station on the corner of East Main and Hamilton streets. Sultan was detained in the store.

Police did a sweep of the vehicle and saw a black firearm sticking out from under the passenger seat, the incident report said. Police said the gun was a .38 caliber Lorcin with seven rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.

A photo of Sultan was taken to the restaurant owner, who positively identified him as the person who had threatened him and his security at gunpoint.

Court records show Sultan’s bail was set at $100,000. He was released from custody. His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 14.

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