Man nabbed on weapons charges after parking at old gas station

John Skinnon. (Southington police photo)

A man was arrested for walking around with a bag that contained a knife and a fake handgun in Southington early Sunday morning.

Police said 45-year-old John Skinnon of Bristol was spotted pulling into the parking lot of an old BP gas station on Main Street.

A caller said Skinnon was seen leaving the vehicle to walk behind Pat's Ice Cream and towards CVS shortly after 3:30 a.m.

Responding officers said they found duct tape over the front and rear registration plates of Skinnon's vehicle.

They said the ice cream shop had no signs of being burglarized.

While they were investigating the building, they found Skinnon holding a canvas bag. He was walking away from the CVS area back towards his vehicle.

He told police he was there because he was having "mechanical issues."

When officers searched the bag, they said they found a large kitchen knife and a realistic-looking facsimile handgun.

Skinnon claimed he was carrying them for protection.

A search of his vehicle revealed a hypodermic needle on the floor, according to police.

Skinnon was charged with possession of a facsimile firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was held on a $25,000 bond and appeared in Bristol Superior Court on Monday.

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