Knife-wielding man threatens murder

Stratford police, responding to a complaint of a man brandishing a knife and threatening patrons outside Hard’s Corner Cafe on Dec. 2, arrested Darren Connolly, 46, of Stratford for creating a disturbance.

Police said a large crowd of observers was standing outside Dutches Diner and Hard’s Corner Cafe when they arrived and witnessed Connolly pacing in the middle of Stratford Avenue, appearing agitated.

Police said they saw Connolly pacing with his right hand inside his jacket pocket. When asked, Connolly refused to show his hands and was ordered to the ground at gunpoint. Police were eventually able to restrain Connolly and handcuff him.

Police said they subsequently found what they say appeared to be a large kitchen knife in Connolly’s possession.

Once in custody, police said, Connolly continued to be difficult and at one point during a rant, Connolly allegedly stated he was going to murder “the bikers” he believed had tried to attack him.

Connolly is charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, second-degree breach of peace and interfering with an officer. Bond was set at $5,000 for court on Dec. 12.

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