Local law enforcement officers stopped all traffic on Riverside Drive Saturday night at 11 p.m. before arresting a man passed out in the driver’s seat of a minivan clutching a loaded handgun. The minivan was stopped in the middle of traffic with no headlights on.
The Oldsmobile minivan blocking traffic with its lights off near the entrance to Walmart caught the attention of Dep. Tuan Kreer. Approaching the car, Kreer saw that the man was asleep in the driver’s seat. Complicating matters was the fact that, according to the arrest citation, the officer could also see that the man was holding a gun in his hand.
Recognizing the potential danger that, in waking the man, the gun may be fired recklessly, Kreer immediately stopped all traffic on Riverside. He also received assistance from Cynthiana Police Ptl. Jeff Thomas to remove the handgun and take the man into custody.
The man identified himself as Esidero Alcon. A fingerprint check, however, revealed that the man had previously been arrested under the name of Francisco Bravo. It was assumed that the name “Esidero Alcon” was an alias.
The handgun, which police confirmed was loaded at the time of Bravo’s arrest, was a 9mm Smith and Wesson. Subsequent investigation revealed that the weapon had been reported stolen by its owner out of Georgia.
Bravo, 26, who has a Cynthiana address, was arrested and charged with two counts of alcohol intoxication in public, one count of receiving stolen property, and wanton endangerment in the second degree.
As of press time, Bravo remained at the Bourbon County Detention Center.