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A man who witnesses said threatened to “shoot up” a West Chippewa Street bar was arrested about 3 a.m. Sunday after police found a loaded rifle on the front passenger seat of his vehicle.

Central District police charged Darnell Pearsell, 27, of Center Lane, with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class C felony. Officers said Pearsell had been ejected from 4Play, 45 W. Chippewa St., a few minutes before they received a call about a man with a gun.

Inside a West Chippewa bar about 10 minutes earlier, Teurel Grant, 23, of Theodore Street, had been arrested and charged with punching a woman in the face. The victim said Grant had allegedly dragged a female friend of hers across the club by the arm, and she was punched when she tried to intervene. A police officer saw the altercation. Grant was charged with third-degree assault, unlawful possession of marijuana and harassment.