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Police: Dispute Over Snow Removal Leads to Arrest
A large police response to a Main Street shopping plaza today on an initial report of an armed robbery turned out to be a disturbance over snow removal that led to discovery of a firearm and the arrest of the owner of a wine bar, police said. Sammy Alanz: free on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo
Once police sorted out what happened, they arrested Sammy Alanz, 41, of Trumbull, owner of the Vine Wine Room, 190 Main St., on charges of threatening first-degree and assault third-degree, said Lt. David Farrell.
He said a 911 call at about 9:30 a.m. indicated a gun may be involved in the incident, which a police dispatcher then told responding officers was not an armed robbery but an assault.
“The victim reported a man, later identified as Sammy Alanz, pushed him to the ground during an argument about snow removal,” Farrell said.
“The victim reported that while Alanz was on top of him, he lifted up the side of his jacked and pointed to his waist stating he was going to kill him.” Police today outside the Vine Wine Room, 190 Main St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
While officers were speaking to the victim, Alanz emerged from his business, and the victim shouted “that’s him,” Farrell said.
Police asked Alanz to keep his hands in plain sight and walk towards them, he said. Officers handcuffed Alanz and then found a magazine with six bullets in his jacket pocket, he said.
Alanz denied having a weapon with him and denied having a gun in his business, Farrell said. Alanz gave the officers consent to search his business, and a firearm was located matching the magazine found in his pocket.
Officers seized the firearm and arrested him. He was released on a $5,000 bond and given Norwalk court date on March 27
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