A Middletown woman was arrested Monday night after allegedly pulling out a handgun and chambering a round during a fight with another parent at the Newington Chuck E. Cheese.
Around 8 p.m. Monday, members of the Newington Police Department headed to the Chuck E. Cheese on the Berlin Turnpike after getting word of an argument between two women.
When police arrived, they said they were told that Tawana Bourne, of Middletown, was at the restaurant with her child when she became involved in an altercation with another woman that was also with a child.
During the fight, police said Bourne allegedly pulled out a .380 semi-automatic handgun for a brief period of time and chambered a round.
"That's a step up, from just having a handgun in your possession," said Newington Police Sgt. Chris Perry. "Obviously taking it out and chambering a round, there's non-verbal intent there. So, that's how I'm assuming the victim took it and that's how we took it."
Chuck E. Cheese staff immediately called 911 and told operators what was taking place.
When officers arrived, Bourne and the other woman were separated and no injuries were reported.
Police said Bourne did possess a valid state of Connecticut pistol permit.
Bourne's gun and permit were seized and have been forwarded to state police. A judge will have to decide if Bourne will get them back.
In a statement to the media, officials with Chuck E. Cheese said their No. 1 goal is to provide a safe environment for their guests.
"We want to assure parents and caregivers that we take great measures to protect the experience children and families have in our stores," the Chuck E. Cheese statement said. "Many of the measures we have in place – such as our Kid Check program, employment of security guards, active security camera systems and additional safety precautions – are transparent to our guests to encourage an environment Where a Kid Can Be a Kid."
Chuck E. Cheese officials, who are working with the Newington Police Department on the investigation, said there are signs in each store that state firearms and weapons are prohibited. And even though Bourne had a pistol permit, officials said she violated an order by bringing a gun on private property.
"We will continue to evaluate the security of each location in the coming hours, days and weeks and will react swiftly should we feel more stringent measures become necessary," the Chuck E. Cheese statement said.
Police said they believe that Bourne and the other woman did not know each other.
"The way parents are nowadays, it seems like they wanna defend their kids and do anything," said Jason Homar of New Britain after hearing about the story.
Bourne was charged with breach of peace, three counts of risk of injury to a minor, threatening and reckless endangerment. She was released on $50,000 bond and was given a court date of Feb. 19.
Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetMore >
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:00:05 GMT
Las Vegas Metro police said former Major League slugger Jose Canseco is being investigated as a suspect in a sexual assault case. Metro made the announcement Wednesday following a series of tweets fromMore >
Las Vegas Metro police said former Major League slugger Jose Canseco is being investigated as a suspect in a sexual assault case.More >
Thursday, February 21 2013 3:40 PM EST2013-02-21 20:40:03 GMT
A woman arrested Tuesday was seen engaging in sexual acts with a pit bull while outside in a backyard and in view of neighbors, Las Vegas Metro police said. Metro Wednesday released the report describingMore >
A Las Vegas woman was arrested Tuesday after authorities caught her having sex with a pit bull in her back yard, according to Metro police.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:26 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:26:31 GMT
Authorities identified a 38-year-old pedestrian who was killed after being struck by a tractor trailer on U.S. 95. The Clark County Coroner's office said Penny Amber Franco died in the incident that tookMore >
Authorities identified a 38-year-old pedestrian who was killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 95.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:56:01 GMT
(RNN) – Of the 24 killed in the EF-5 tornado that decimated Moore, OK, 10 are children - two of which are infants according to a release by the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office. All the childrenMore >
The last of the missing from Monday's massive tornado that tore through the town of Moore, OK, have been accounted for. More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:56:49 GMT
A bill that would allow illegal immigrants to receive a driving card has passed the Nevada Senate. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
A bill aimed at making Nevada roads safer passes overwhelmingly in the Senate. Senate Bill 303 would allow driver's privilege cards for illegal immigrants. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis ofMore >
A bill aimed at making Nevada roads safer passes overwhelmingly in the Senate. Senate Bill 303 would allow driver's privilege cards for illegal immigrants.More >