Man brings firearm to Bluffton nightclub

info@islandpacket.comMarch 4, 2013 

A man arrested on gun charges Sunday was seen pointing a handgun at patrons just outside of a Bluffton bar and fled before police arrived, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

Christopher Mullen, 25, was soon arrested after he was spotted riding in a vehicle past Coconuts Bar & Grill on Persimmon Street, a news release said Monday.

According to Lt. Joe Babkiewicz of the Bluffton Police Department, Mullen and several others were arguing outside of the bar near the patio.

Coconuts co-owner Greg Bramlett said Mullen did not enter the bar with a gun because security officers do pat-downs.

Bramlett said Mullen, after arguing with other patrons, walked out to the parking lot and returned with the gun. That's when Bramlett said he called 911 and kept other customers inside while police searched for Mullen, who had run off.

Mullen faces charges of pointing a firearm at a person, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm on the premises of an establishment that serves alcohol. He has been released from the Beaufort County Detention Center after posting $40,055 bail, according to the jail log.

According to court records, Mullen previously was convicted of high and aggravated assault and battery and sentenced to two years in prison.

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