Naugatuck man arrested after bar altercation with stolen gun

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NAUGATUCK — A dispute at a local bar escalated to an armed confrontation late Thursday night, leading to the arrest of a Naugatuck man, police said.

Authorities were called to Sullivan’s Cafe on Church Street around 11 p.m. after receiving reports of a man threatening patrons with a handgun.

Upon arrival, officers detained 42-year-old Richard Molyneux, who was found in possession of an empty holster and a loaded magazine, but no firearm.

Witnesses told police that Molyneux was involved in a verbal altercation with another patron inside the bar.

After exiting the establishment, Molyneux allegedly drew a handgun and pointed it at the victim.

A thorough search of the area resulted in the recovery of the handgun.

Further investigation revealed that Molyneux had taken the firearm without the owner’s consent.

Molyneux faces multiple charges, including theft of a firearm, reckless endangerment in the first degree, threatening in the second degree, interfering with a police officer, breach of peace in the second degree, carrying a firearm under the influence of intoxicating liquor, and carrying a pistol or revolver without a permit.

He was held on a $150,000 bond and arraigned at Waterbury Superior Court on April 12.

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