Bangor teen charged with bringing gun into Denny’s

Posted Jan. 17, 2011, at 2:50 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:17 a.m.
Alex Clendenning.  (Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail)
Alex Clendenning. (Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail)

BANGOR, Maine — A local man who carried a 9 mm handgun on his belt into Denny’s restaurant early Sunday scared those inside so much that they called police, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday. The man was arrested.

“People were dismayed over this,” Edwards said. “That is why they called. They were scared about it.”

Alex Clendenning, 19, of Bangor was sitting at a corner table in the Haskell Road restaurant with two other men when Officers Dick Polk, Mike Brennan and Gary Decker arrived around 2 a.m.

The men “were all ordered to put their hands on the table,” Edwards said. “Two of the men complied, while the third, with his back turned towards the officers, lifted his shirt, revealing a gun on his hip.”

On the table where the men sat “were bullets in a magazine” for the handgun and a single bullet, he said.

Polk took the handgun off Clendenning, who does not have a criminal record with the Bangor police, and removed him from the restaurant, Edwards said.

After police interviewed him and others at the restaurant, Clendenning was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and terrorizing. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and later released, a jail official said.

If convicted of either charge, Clendenning could face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

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