CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A normal Friday night at a local bar and restaurant took an unfortunate turn when an apparent discussion about race ended with a local man in handcuffs.
Police in Cranberry Township say they responded to a call about a fight over a gun at Cenci’s Pizzeria and Bar just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
According to the criminal complaint, when they arrived, they saw Thomas Huffman sitting alone at a table.
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Witnesses told police he pulled a gun on another customer just a short time earlier.
According to court documents, the alleged victim, who is black, told police Huffman approached him earlier in the night and “began debating race issues.”
Documents also state later in the night Huffman became “suddenly upset” and pulled out a pistol. He allegedly pointed the pistol at the man’s head.
Police say the alleged victim and several others at the bar wrestled the gun away from the 6 foot 7, 370 pound Huffman.
Patrons at Cenci’s Monday said they weren’t surprised that people jumped in to help.
“I think it’s great that people pitch in and do the right thing. It’s what we all need to do,” Joanne Grady said.
“I don’t expect anything less from the residents of Cranberry Township,” another patron said.
Investigators say there is surveillance video that confirms the story. Huffman faces two felony charges of aggravated assault and making terroristic threats.
A manager at Cenci’s declined to comment.
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