Arrest made in Park City after gun seen on Main Street
The Park City Police Department arrested a man on Main Street on Saturday on a gun charge, indicating he is the same person who drew attention five days earlier when he was seen with a holstered firearm on Main Street.
The man is 50 years old and from the East Side of Summit County, the Police Department said. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the man was charged with a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed firearm and a count of disorderly conduct, also a misdemeanor.
According to Kirk, the Police Department at 12:41 p.m. received a report that a man with what was described as a "giant revolver" was seen in front of the Main Street post office. He was talking to himself, the police said. The Police Department was told the gun was tucked into his jeans, Kirk said.
An officer eight minutes later found a man fitting the description from the report. The officer could see the grip of the gun sticking out above the belt, Kirk said. The gun was loaded, the police said.
The day before, meanwhile, the police received a report of a man entering a Main Street building with a gun visibly tucked into his pants. The Police Department said in an online posting the man did not make a threat and left headed downhill on Main Street. The man was gone by the time the police arrived. Kirk said the person matched the description of the man arrested on Saturday.
The man posted bail and was released from jail, Kirk said.
"He’s alarming to the public," Kirk said, describing him as acting in a "very unusual" manner.
Kirk said the Police Department dealt with the man in other cases in February, including reports of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The arrest on Saturday followed shortly after a Feb. 22 incident involving the man. The police say he had a holstered gun as he appeared to start to enter a Main Street nightclub. Employees of the nightclub called the police and officers found the man in a nearby parking area.
The man told the police he could carry the gun openly and he wanted the gun visible "so that people would leave him alone," Kirk said after that incident. Kirk said at that time the man told the police the gun was loaded. He agreed to store the gun in his vehicle since the firearm caused alarm, Kirk said then.
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