NORWALK, Conn. -- A Bridgeport man was detained and later arrested early Sunday, July 27, after he tried to bring a gun onto the Island Belle ferry that docks in South Norwalk, police said.
Rodney Howell, 34, was charged with carrying a gun without a permit. He was held on $2,500 bond and was to appear in court Monday, Aug. 4.
Police received a call from the boat's security team as the vessel was returning to shore about 2:50 a.m. Sunday. The security team told police that an armed person had been detained on the boat.
Howell had been one of the last passengers to board the ferry as it prepared to depart Saturday night, July 26, according to police reports. He was searched like everyone else who boards the boat and the security personnel found a handgun in the bag he was carrying, police said. Howell told them that the gun wasn't his and that he was carrying it for the promoter of the party being held on the boat that night, police said.
Howell was taken into custody and detained in a closet by the security team while the boat went out that night. Upon returning to shore, the security team contacted police and turned over Howell and the gun, police said. The promoter told police that the gun was his, but he did not know how it got into Howell's bag.