NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- An East Haven man was arrested after getting asked to leave an adult entertainment club in New Haven Saturday night and returning with a gun.
Just after midnight, an officer working at a club on Hamilton St. heard the sound of a revving car engine and spotted a grey Mazda traveling on the wrong side of the road toward St. John Street, where it turned down the one-way street going the wrong way.
When the officer walked down the road he found the car parked and several people outside. The officer heard arguing coming from the front door to the Key Club; a man, 50-year-old John Alberino, was yelling at the doorman, demanding an explanation as to why he'd been refused service and asked to leave.
The doorman told the officer the man had caused a disturbance inside and wasn't welcome there.
When it was determined that nothing serious had happened, the officer told Alberino to leave, which he did.
The officer watched Alberino drive away in the Mazda.
Police said approximately 30 minutes later, the officer spotted the same Mazda drive by him headed back toward the Key Club.
When officers responded to the scene, they found the doorman concealed behind the door, while Alberino was yelling at him from his car.
According to police, when an officer ordered Alberino to shut off the car, he attempted to drive off with he officer at the door. He then stopped a few feet away, still yelling at the doorman.
Alberino was then pulled out of the car and handcuffed, at which time police discovered a loaded Glock .45 caliber pistol in the passenger seat.
The doorman told police Alberino had driven up, pointed the gun at him, and told him that he wanted to have a talk with him, adding "I got something for you."
Alberino, of Pondview Terrace, in East Haven, was charged with second-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace, failure to carry a pistol permit, and four motor vehicle violations.
UPDATE: Mr. Alberino sent the following statement to WTNH:
"When my wife and I first went to the club, I walked in the wrong line, without a word, I was shoved down...I got up to ask what I did wrong and at that point the doorman, Pushed me down the stairs and against the wall. We don't want your kind here, he said. I asked Officer Lopez for help and he said I was on my own, and walked away. I did not return to the club with my gun, as a valid permit holder, my gun is always on me in CT. I removed it from my holster and put in between my seats. Why I returned home was to drop my wife off so She would not be harmed, as I was when I was pushed down. I simply was asking him what I did wrong, WHY I was not allowed in. That's when he called me a and charged my car, which was pulled over and stopped in park. He saw the concealed gun, reached in and grabbed it and gave it to Officer Lopez. They then cuffed me without incident and put me in the back of a police car, no one said anything to me what I did wrong."