Store owner allegedly threatened to kill man over snow removal
Updated 8:09 pm, Wednesday, March 22, 2017
WESTPORT — A dispute over snow removal led to a violent and life-threatening confrontation Monday morning, police said, ending in the arrest of a town restaurant owner.
Sammy Alanz, the owner of Vine Wine Room, pushed a male victim to the ground during the argument and got on top of him, pulling up his own jacket, pointing to his waist and threatening to kill the man, police said. Officers arrived around 9:30 a.m. March 20 to the restaurant’s 190 Main St. parking lot where the argument allegedly occurred.
Officers said the man that Alanz threatened pointed out the restaurant owner as he walked out of Vine. Alanz was then handcuffed and questioned.
Police said he denied having a weapon in his possession or a gun in his restaurant. Officers found a magazine loaded with six bullets in the 41-year-old’s jacket pocket and a firearm matching the magazine inside Vine, according to police.
Officers arrested Alanz, a Trumbull resident, and charged him with first-degree threatening, a class D felony, and third-degree assault. His gun was seized, and he was released on a $5,000 bond ahead of a March 27 court date.