Police arrest man for carrying a knife and fake gun

John Skinnon

John Skinnon

Police arrested a Bristol man for carrying weapons near Pat’s Ice Cream on Main St. in Southington. On Sunday, Nov. 13, John Skinnon, 45, of Bristol, was arrested and charged with possession of a facsimile firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police were dispatched to the scene at approximately 3:37 a.m. on a report of a suspicious vehicle at the former BP gas station, located at 398 Main St. The complainant observed a car pull into the parking lot, and the operator exited the vehicle, walked behind Pat’s Ice Cream, and continued towards CVS.

Responding Officers also found that there was tape covering the rear and front registration plates of the parked vehicle.

Officers did not find any indications of a burglary at Pat’s Ice Cream, but while checking the building they saw Skinnon walking back toward his vehicle from the area of CVS with a canvas bag. Skinnon said that he parked the vehicle at the gas station due to mechanical issues.

Officers checked the canvas bag, and they found a large kitchen knife and a realistic looking facsimile hand gun. Skinnon claimed he was carrying these items for his protection. A search of the vehicle also revealed a hypodermic needle on the floor.

Based on the investigation, Skinnon was taken into custody. He was held on a $25,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 14.