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Man with a Gun Arrested in Belmont Restaurant

Post Date:05/24/2019 4:30 PM

Contact: Captain Patrick Halleran, Public Information Officer - Belmont Police Department (650) 595-7430

A 51 year old transient was arrested today, after pointing a loaded pistol at another customer at a Belmont restaurant.  The suspect was confronted during the incident by Belmont PD Officers, who happened to be outside the restaurant, and was taken into custody without incident.  There were no injuries and as of this press release, the incident is still under investigation, but the following information is available at this time.

Today, Friday 5/24, at approximately 1:25pm, three Belmont Police Officers, Corporal Robert McGriff, Officer Gonzalo Palafox and Officer Adam Baggetta were outside the Panda Express Restaurant, in the 1000 block of El Camino, having just completed a routine call for service.  Suddenly, numerous patrons began running from the restaurant and told officers there was a man with a gun inside.  The officers immediately entered the restaurant and confronted a male suspect, who was pointing a handgun at another man.

The suspect, who was identified as Antoine Thornton, a 51 year old transient, complied with officers commands and was taken into custody without incident.  Officers recovered a loaded pistol that Thornton had been pointing at the victim.  The victim, a 49 year old East Palo Alto man, was uninjured.   

The restaurant was closed for approximately 45 min, as part of the investigation, which is still on going as of this press release and no further information is available at this time.

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