Man threat­ens se­cu­rity guard at Deja Vu club

The Morning Call - - LOCAL/REGION - By Manuel Gamiz Jr. Morn­ing Call reporter Manuel Gamiz Jr. can be reached at 610-820-6595 or at [email protected]

An in­tox­i­cated man was kicked out of the Deja Vu night­club early Mon­day and then threat­ened to re­turn with a gun to shoot the se­cu­rity guard who gave him the boot, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Af­ter al­legedly mak­ing the threat, John Ar­royo-Morale, 35, of Al­len­town, ran to his car, court records say.

Po­lice said the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 1:30 a.m. at the club at 343 Hamil­ton St., the site of June 20 mass shoot­ing that in­jured 10 peo­ple.

Ar­royo-Morale was ar­rested at his home a short time later and charged with ter­ror­is­tic threats, drunken driv­ing and dis­or­derly con­duct. He was ar­raigned by District Judge Ron Manescu, who sent him to Le­high County Jail un­der $10,000 bail.

Ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint:

The guard said Ar­royo-Morale was caus­ing prob­lems inside the club and was too in­tox­i­cated, so he was kicked out. Af­ter find­ing out he was being kicked out, Ar­royo-Morale be­gan giv­ing the se­cu­rity team prob­lems, and once they got him out­side, he started yelling and push­ing the se­cu­rity of­fi­cers.

Ar­royo-Morale said he was go­ing to his ve­hi­cle and re­turn­ing with a gun to shoot the se­cu­rity guard who kicked him out. Ar­royo-Morale started run­ning west­bound on Hamil­ton Street to­ward parked ve­hi­cles, and the se­cu­rity guard went af­ter him.

The guard said he saw Ar­royo-Morale get to an SUV across the street, open the door and take a box out. The guard ducked be­hind a car, think­ing the box con­tained a gun.

Ar­royo-Morale in­stead got into the SUV and went east on Hamil­ton Street, then north on Amer­i­can Park­way. The guard took down the li­cense plate num­ber and gave it to Al­len­town po­lice.

Al­len­town of­fi­cers ran the plate and learned that it be­longed to some­one who lived in an apart­ment in the 500 block of North Ninth Street. Po­lice went to the ad­dress and spot­ted the SUV with a man, later iden­ti­fied as Ar­royo-Morale, inside.

Po­lice de­tained Ar­royo-Morale and said he had slurred speech, smelled of al­co­hol and had blood­shot eyes. Po­lice also lo­cated a gun box, but no gun was inside.

The guard later con­firmed that Ar­royo-Morale was the per­son who made the threats.

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