City police got some help from patrons when an intoxicated man allegedly began threatening people with a loaded handgun late Friday night at an East Third Street bar.
According to a police affidavit, the incident moved from inside the bar and into the parking lot, where patrons banded together to tackle the man, identified as James R. Rothermel II, as officers arrived at the scene.
Rothermel, 45, of 633 Mulberry St., faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.
Police were called to the New K Bar, 523 E. Third St., for a report of a "biker man" wielding a gun and threatening patrons.
According to reports, the man had pulled a black gun from his pants, and when they arrived outside the bar there were about 30 people in the parking lot with one female face-down with two people assisting her.
Several more people pointed out the alleged assailant and yelled, "He's got a gun," according to court records.
Police said they saw two men jump on Rothermel and tackle him to the ground.
They held the man down as police ran over, and recovered a black Glock found in a holster on Rothermel's back. According to reports, the gun had 14 9mm rounds in the magazine, with one round in the chamber.
Statements by several witnesses helped police piece together what happened.
According to reports, Rothermel was fighting in the bar with his intoxicated girlfriend, Jerri Rook. As their fight moved outside, Rook collapsed.
Two women, Amanda Ybarra and another who was not named in court records, came to Rook's aid.
Rothermel, described as "intoxicated and agitated," then allegedly grabbed Ybarra by her hair and threw her to the ground.
He then allegedly pulled out his loaded weapon and pointed it at the woman, saying "I'll (expletive) blow your head off," according to reports.
Jordon Kefalas stepped in and confronted Rothermel, who then trained his loaded gun on Kefalas. Again, Rothermel allegedly stated, "I'll blow your (expletive) head off."
Kefalas, in self defense, pulled out his own weapon. Rothermel then allegedly backed down and put his handgun back in its holster.
Rothermel was arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman at about 3 a.m. Saturday and remains incarcerated in lieu of $25,000 bail.