Drunken gestures end in charges

September 20, 2013

A Laurel man recently released from prison was arrested Sept. 11 after Rehoboth Beach police say he was drunk and made a shooting gesture at a store owner.

Paul N. Caldwell, 34, was walking along the second block of Rehoboth Avenue at 2 p.m. carrying a large bottle of alcohol and cursing, said Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Keith W. Banks.

He entered one business and used his hands to pretend he was firing a shotgun toward the store owner, Banks said.

Police found Caldwell lying on the floor in the rear of Downtown Cowgirl, Banks said.

He was charged with third-degree criminal trespass, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, menacing and resisting arrest. He was committed to SCI in default of $3,200 secured bond.

Banks said Caldwell had been released from SCI Sept. 10, a day before the incident.

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