A Duluth man faces three felony charges after allegedly producing a handgun and threatening to kill a woman inside a Lincoln Park bar last week.
Jeffrey Alan Curry, 36, was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, second-degree assault and threats of violence stemming from a Dec. 8 incident at Mitch's Bar, 2113 W. Superior St.
According to a criminal complaint, Duluth police were called to the scene at about 2 p.m. after a 911 caller indicated that a man named "Jeff" had pulled the gun on several people at the business before leaving in a car. A bartender reportedly told police she saw the suspect with his hand inside a backpack, pointing it toward a group as if he had a weapon inside.
The complaint states that a woman who was with the bartender attempted to intervene and remove Curry from the bar when he pointed the 9mm handgun at the woman's face and said: "Get the f--- out of my way, b----, or I'll kill you." He allegedly was holding the weapon about 5 feet from the woman's face.
After again telling the woman to move, Curry shoved her to the ground and exited the bar, leaving in a vehicle, according to the complaint. The woman later told police she was in fear for her life as the weapon was pointed at her face. A member of the group that Curry was initially engaged with was uncooperative with police, the complaint states.
Based on witness descriptions and a review of surveillance video, police identified Curry as the suspect. Members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and Duluth Police Department Tactical Response Team took him into custody later that day during the execution of a search warrant at his home on the 600 block of North 58th Avenue West. Police said methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were also recovered.
At the time of the incident, Curry was on supervised release for a federal conviction for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. He also has convictions in Minnesota for attempted second-degree burglary, aiding and abetting second-degree assault and escape from custody.
Sixth Judicial District Judge Leslie Beiers set bail at $100,000, though a federal hold remains in place for the alleged violation of his supervised release. Curry is due back in court on Jan. 7.