Police in Minnesota arrested a man after he allegedly pulled a gun and made threatening remarks at a historic gay bar this week.
Conell Walter Harris, 31, was taken into custody at the 19 Bar in Minneapolis late Monday evening and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and making threats of violence.
In a charging document posted online, authorities allege Harris “entered the bar and was ‘acting strangely,’” and later “became upset” after an employee asked to see his ID.
When a different employee asked Harris to leave, he allegedly pulled out a gun, held it in his hand, and said “I ain’t going nowhere.”
Harris allegedly “squared up” with the employee, and when a patron stepped between the two to “deescalate the situation,” he allegedly threatened them saying “what watch the f*ck you’re saying” and “I’m going to f*ck you up.”
As he left the bar, Harris allegedly said “I’ll f*cking kill your d*ke *ss” to a bartender.
Harris returned to the bar a short time later and played pool. Police arrived and “immediately saw several people pointing at a male later identified” as Harris. Police say he resisted arrest and “kept reaching into his pocket” from which they say they recovered a .45 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun.
\u201c.\nCHARGED, violent offender:\nConell Walter Harris, Jr., 11/17/1992\nAddress: Agate Housing, 2309 Nicollet Ave\n\nHarris has 4 prior felony convictions including 2 priors for felon in possession/firearm.\n\nProhibited from possessing guns & is living in a non-profit housing facility.\u201d
Little information was available on Harris, but Crime Watch Minneapolis did claim he has four prior felony convictions, including two involving firearms. The charging document also noted additional statutes involving felons with past convictions for crimes of violence. Harris will make his first court appearance later today. He is currently being held on $120,000 bail.
The news comes against the backdrop of recent violence against gay bars.