Police: Patrons in fear after city man threatened to shoot up bar

Patrons at the Fifth Avenue Tavern locked themselves inside the bar after an angry man claimed he was going to return with a shotgun as he stormed out of the establishment at 514 Fifth Ave. about 10:15 p.m. June 4, city police alleged.

Thomas Persun, 31, of 503 Thomas Ave., left the bar following an argument he had there with his girlfriend, police said.

“The whole bar was in terror and feared that Persun would return and shoot someone,” an officer wrote in an affidavit.

Before he had a chance to re-enter the tavern, Persun, formerly of the 5800 block of Warrensville Road, was taken into custody “stumbling in some grass near the business.”

“I made a mistake. I made a mistake. I’m drunk,” Persun told police. He was not armed, but admitted there was a shotgun in his pickup truck, that was parked nearby. Officers took custody of the shotgun.

Convicted of felony arson in 1998, Persun was charged with convicted felon not to possess a firearm, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Arraigned before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley, Persun remains in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.