NEW PORT RICHEY — Two men were arrested in separate incidents over the weekend at Chasco Fiesta involving drinking and guns — or at least the threat of one.
About 6:15 p.m. Saturday, two men were squaring off to fight near Bank and Main streets, according to a New Port Richey police report. Christopher Scott Erwig shouted, "I'm going to shoot you!" at the other man, as people ducked for cover, the report said.
An officer detained Erwig, who was intoxicated but unarmed, the report said. Erwig, 24, of Port Richey, was charged with disorderly conduct. He was booked and released from the Land O'Lakes jail.
Police found a real firearm earlier that evening after chasing a different man through the festival. Randy Allen Davis, Jr., took off running after a witness told police Davis had a handgun tucked in his waistband, a New Port Richey police report said. Officers caught Davis, 18, of Port Richey, and discovered he had three knives and a half-full bottle of alcohol in his pants. A .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was found on the ground, near where the chase began, the report said. Davis told police it belonged to a girl he was with, and she tried to hand it to him, but he said he never took the gun.
Davis, who was convicted in 2009 of burglary, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, resisting arrest and underage possession of alcohol. He remained Monday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $15,150 bail.