NEW BRITAIN - A city man has been charged with stealing a gun from an emergency dispatcher and using it to threaten a woman early Sunday.
Limartas Bitinas, 50, of 243 Lawlor St, fourth floor, was charged with first-degree threatening, first-degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, carrying a dangerous weapon and theft of a firearm after officers found him trying to leave with a gun in a bag.
He is being held on $150,000 bond after his arraignment Monday in New Britain Superior Court.
Bitinas allegedly had been drinking late Saturday with a city dispatch employee, who left his gun out and went to bed. A woman reported to police that at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning she was sleeping when Bitinas showed up and pointed a gun at her in an attempt to get her to agree to something.
The woman was not identified since the case is considered an act of domestic violence. Bitinas kept the gun pointed at the woman’s chest and told her that he wasn’t afraid of anything because he had stolen the weapon from a police officer, arrest reports said.
The woman told police she waited until Bitinas fell asleep and then sneaked out of the house. She showed up at the police station around 8 a.m. to report the alleged incident.
Officers initially had a difficult time finding Bitinas, but came across him when he showed up at the same location that he allegedly pointed the gun at the woman, police said.
He was carrying the gun in a bag, which he dropped when he was seen by the officers.
The gun had been stolen from a dispatcher who works for the communications department which includes dispatch for fire, police, EMS and public works.
The dispatcher had left the gun unlocked on a table with Bitinas in his apartment because no children were around and he trusted Bitinas, the dispatcher told police.
The dispatcher was not arrested and asked that Bitinas be charged with the theft of his firearm, the report said.
Bitinas was held on $150,000 bond following his arraignment in New Britain Superior Court Monday. A judge issued a protective order barring Bitinas from contacting the woman while the court case is pending.
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