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Louisiana man arrested for threat at CT nursing home faces judge

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Paul Bialowas (New London Police) Paul Bialowas (New London Police)
NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

A Louisiana man claimed he was a member of the Hell's Angels and police said he made a threat in a nursing home in New London on Monday afternoon.

Paul Bialowas, of Zacharyla, La., showed a gun when he entered the Crossings West nursing home just after 4 p.m. However, police said that wasn’t the only weapon they found on Monday.

Bialowas, 66, sporting a Harley Davidson T-shirt was arraigned on numerous firearm charges at New London Superior Court on Tuesday morning.

Police said Bialowas was falling down drunk when they nabbed him outside the Crossings West nursing home. They also not only seized his handgun, but a “small arsenal” in his rental car.

Police said Bialowas threatened an employee while holding an unloaded handgun at the Crossings West nursing home because the employee wouldn't open a room window for someone Bialowas was visiting.

"Nursing staff said he appeared to be intoxicated and had some form of dispute with the nurses,” New London Police Deputy Chief Peter Reichard said. 

Bialowas shook his head 'no' when the judge indicated the handgun he held was unloaded.

After the threat was made Bialowas was escorted out. Employees put the facility, which is caring for 43 people, into lockdown. Police found Bialowas on the sidewalk.  

Police confiscated this handgun, which is called "the judge.” Nearby in his unlocked rental car, they found two unloaded handguns, an AR 15 assault rifle, which is illegal in Connecticut, a survival knife and 469 rounds of ammo.

According to the police report, "Bialowas went on to state that he was a member of Hells Angels and is from Louisiana and that she needed to treat people with respect."

In court, Eyewitness News learned Bialowas was born in Connecticut and has relatives in the state. Bialowas has a legal license to carry a firearm.

In a statement to Eyewitness News, Crossings West nursing home thanked New London police and its employees’ swift action.

"It is the top priority of our facility to provide our residents, family members, staff and visitors with a safe and secure environment at all times. The facility staff acted swiftly and promptly upon learning of a potential safety risk.  We would like to thank the New London Police Department for their rapid response in dealing with this matter. As reported by the police, there were no injuries or harm to anyone as a result of this unfortunate situation involving an isolated individual. The facility also promptly notified the proper regulatory agencies and was in direct contact with them last evening.  We are also thankful to our staff who reacted appropriately and managed a difficult situation in a professional manner," Crossings West's statement said. 

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