BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A man authorities say was spotted bicycling through Bridgeport carrying an AR-15 assault-style rifle has been held on $50,000 bond.

The Connecticut Post reports that 49-year-old Louis Varvella was arraigned Monday on multiple charges including breach of peace and possession of an assault rifle.

Police received multiple calls on Thursday morning reporting a man on a bicycle carrying a weapon.

Officers caught up with Varvella, a bouncer at a city strip club, outside a florist.

They say the weapon was not loaded, but its serial number had been obscured and the suspect was also carrying two high-capacity magazines.

Varvella said he found the rifle on the street and was cycling to the police station to turn it in. He’s due back in court Dec. 1.


Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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