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Norwalk Police: Man Threatened Family With Gun

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man suspected of pulling a gun on a father in front of his children outside a Norwalk laundromat Saturday was arrested, Norwalk police said.

Salvatore Pelle, 40, of 12 Nash Place, was upset because one of the daughters hit his car when she opened the door of her family's vehicle, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. He pulled the gun after the father threatened him with a baseball bat, police said.

Pelle was at the Super Suds on Fort Point Street at 5:40 p.m. when a car parked next to him, Cotto said. A 12-year-old girl opened the door and hit his car, police said.

Pelle began cursing, Cotto said. The father apologized, but Pelle screamed and got more agitated. Pelle, who is 6 foot, 2 inches and about 300 pounds, shoved the father, who is 5 feet, 5 inches and about 130 pounds, according to Cotto.

The father was scared and got a baseball bat out of his car, police said. Pelle took out a gun and said, "Drop the bat or I'll pop you," police sad. The father put away the bat and said he would call police. Pelle said, "Go ahead, I have a license for it," and drove away, police said.

Three girls were in the car: the 12-year-old, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old. One got Pelle's license plate number, Cotto said. So did a witness who was not part of the family.

Pelle was apprehended on Fairfield Avenue near the Interstate 95 entrance, Cotto said. He was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, criminal use of a firearm, injury/risk/impairing morals and second-degree breach of peace. Bond was set at $20,000 with a March 29 court date.

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