A Loudon man was arrested Saturday afternoon after he allegedly pulled a gun on a bartender.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy C.J. Williams said it was shortly before 3 p.m. when he went to the Highway 11 Package Deli on a call of a disturbance. Williams said he talked to Elizabeth Queen, a bartender at the business, who told him trouble started when Richard Michael Roy had taken a picture of a woman and her 2-year-old son and then refused to delete it when asked to.
Williams was told the woman asked Roy why he had taken the picture and asked him to delete it several times, but said Roy denied the requests.
Queen said she then asked Roy to delete the picture, but Roy refused and Queen said she grabbed the phone to delete the picture. This apparently did not sit well with Roy as he got up from his seat and went behind the bar with Queen.
Queen told Roy to stop and grabbed a wooden paddle. She told officers that she walked backwards to get away from Roy, but he caught up and allegedly hit her in the face. Queen said she retaliated by hitting him several times with the paddle.
Queen said Roy fell to the ground, but got back up and walked toward her, attempted to grab her, and she hit him with the paddle several more times.
Man pulls gun on bartender
Queen told Williams that Roy then pulled a handgun out and pointed it at her face, but another man in the bar quickly took it away from him, and law enforcement arrived shortly thereafter.
Williams found a .380-semi automatic pistol in Roy’s right, front pocket and noted it was loaded with a round in the chamber. He also found a loaded magazine in Roy’s left pocket.
According to officers, Roy smelled of alcohol and a review of security footage showed the incident unfolding.
Roy, 65, Shubert Street, Loudon, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, three counts reckless endangerment and possession of a handgun while under the influence of alcohol.