A man identified as a gang member was arrested Tuesday night after threatening several people with a handgun at Westwoods BBQ restaurant, Fresno police reported.
Officers arrested another man who they say fled with the weapon.
Lt. Joe Gomez said officers went to the restaurant in the 8000 block of North Blackstone Avenue about 8:30 p.m. after receiving a report that the man, identified as Bradley Curtis, 23, had brandished the Glock .40 caliber gun.
Gomez said Curtis is a Stockton Norteño.
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The dispute started inside the restaurant between the suspect and a companion in his group, Gomez said. Somewhere in the chaos, the gun was pointed at a nearby table of people not involved, he said.
Curtis ran out of the restaurant with the gun and attempted to drive out, but two members of his group stepped in front of the vehicle forcing him to stop. The three men continued to fight. One of the men, Dillon Domenici, 22, left the scene with the gun.
A citizen who witnessed the dispute tackled Curtis outside, Gomez said.
Members of the Violent Crime Impact Team got Domenici’s Clovis address and drove there, but he was not at home.
Gomez said Domenici then drove by the home. He ignored orders to stop and then ran from his vehicle, Gomez said. After a search, he was apprehended and the gun recovered from the residence. The gun belongs to Domenici who loaned it to Curtis, Gomez said.
Curtis is on parole for assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Domenici was booked on charges of resisting arrest and driving under the influence.
Dave Fansler, whose Fansler Restaurant Group owns Westwoods, said the dispute involved members of the group the arrested man was with and that no restaurant customers were threatened.