BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Officers questioned a Bridgeport man in connection with a gun threat at City Hall annex Wednesday, but they could not find probable cause to charge him in the 40-minute incident, police said Thursday.
Marvin Owens was taken into custody on Iranistan Avenue on a warrant charging him with third-degree assault and threatening stemming from a domestic violence incident earlier this year, police said.
Police obtained cellphone records for three phones Owens owns, interviewed his estranged wife and brother, and reviewed the 911 recordings from Wednesday’s gun threat incident, police said.
“Unfortunately at this time, we do not have probable cause to charge him with any crimes concerning [Wednesday’s] incident,” Captain Brian Fitzgerald said in a statement.
Owens was processed and has a $5,000 bond, police said. He denies any involvement with the call placed to dispatch about the threat, police said.
At about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, a caller to the Emergency Communications Center said a friend with a weapon was heading to the Margaret Morton Government Center on Broad Street, police said. The caller disconnected when the call-taker asked further questions, police said.
Police and city officials were notified, and personnel went into lockdown mode with all employees asked to stay in their offices, police said.
Officers searched the building and maintained a tight perimeter around the facility, but found no evidence of a threat, police said.
“Again, we want to emphasize that we had police personnel on site when the call came in and had all cameras around the facility monitored for any breach and at no time were any employees at risk,” said Scott Appleby, director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security.
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