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Bridgeport Police: Man seen cycling with assault weapon

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BRIDGEPORT — A man authorities said was spotted bicycling through Bridgeport carrying an AR-15 assault-style rifle has been held on $50,000 bond.

The Connecticut Post reports that 49-year-old Louis Varvella was arraigned Monday on multiple charges including breach of peace and possession of an assault rifle.

Police received multiple calls on Thursday morning reporting a man on a bicycle carrying a weapon.

Officers caught up with Varvella, a bouncer at a city strip club, outside a florist.

They say the weapon was not loaded, but its serial number had been obscured and the suspect was also carrying two high-capacity magazines.

Varvella said he found the rifle on the street and was cycling to the police station to turn it in. He’s due back in court Dec. 1.