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Police: Man threatened downtown NPR bar patrons with gun


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A Connecticut man thrown out of a New Port Richey bar early Saturday morning was disarmed by a group of patrons after he threatened the crowd with a loaded handgun, according to the New Port Richey Police Department.

About 2 a.m. Saturday, John R. Blazys, 31, 35 Sperry Road in Watertown, Conn., was inside The Karl Reef, at the intersection of Main Street and Grand Boulevard, when he was asked to leave by the owner and the bar staff, according to the arrest report.

Blazys began to argue with the group and later grabbed a .45-caliber Ruger handgun hidden beneath his shirt, the report said.

After placing a round in the chamber of the gun, he pointed it at the group inside the bar and threatened to “kill” them, officers said.

Bystanders took the gun away from him and held him until police arrived.

When the officer took Blazys into custody, he found a holster as well as a magazine containing seven bullets, the report said.

Blazys, who was released from the Land O’ Lakes jail Sunday after posting a $7,650 bond, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, improper exhibit of a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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