Po­lice nab man with ri­fle at pizza res­tau­rant

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - — Ryan M. McDer­mott

D.C. po­lice quickly ap­pre­hended Sun­day a man with a ri­fle who walked into the Comet Ping Pong res­tau­rant on Connecticut Av­enue in North­west.

Po­lice re­leased few de­tails other than that they closed Connecticut Av­enue be­tween Fessenden and Nebraska streets af­ter re­ports of a gun­man in the res­tau­rant.

Around 3:45 p.m. Sun­day, the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Depart­ment tweeted that a man with a ri­fle was taken into cus­tody with­out any­one be­ing hurt. His mo­tive was un­known.

The Friend­ship Heights pizza res­tau­rant has faced ha­rass­ment and neg­a­tive at­ten­tion due to con­spir­acy the­o­ries al­leg­ing the res­tau­rant is the site of child traf­fick­ing ring and is in ca­hoots with Hil­lary Clin­ton and her top cam­paign staffers.

The false ru­mors emerged dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion af­ter the re­lease of hacked emails from the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee. Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man John Podesta was shown to have emailed James Ale­fan­tis, the res­tau­rant’s owner, about a fundraiser.

Con­spir­acy the­o­rists have used the hash­tag #Piz­za­Gate to pro­mote the hoax.

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