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STONINGTON — A Westerly man is facing charges after police said he threatened to kill the owner of a downtown restaurant and pub before then continuing to cause a disturbance outside the establishment.

John Glenn Briggs, 52, of 11 Pond St., was charged Thursday evening with second-degree threatening and breach of peace. He was released after posting a $500 bond, according to Stonington police, and is expected to appear in New London Superior Court for arraignment on July 5.

Stonington police said in a summary report that officers were called to C.C. O'Brien's at 8 Mechanic St. around 7:15 p.m. The police said witnesses reported that Briggs had "threatened to kill a bar owner in the downtown area" and was asked to leave. The report did not identify the victim.

Upon being asked to leave, the police said Briggs left the business but proceeded to shout profanities at those in the area including an unsuspecting bicyclist. The behavior was disruptive to several patrons dining at the restaurant, the police said. 

The police said Briggs was "extremely intoxicated" when officers arrived and was taken into custody without further incident.

— Jason Vallee

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