Bristol man accused of threatening to shoot up local church

Published on Monday, 5 March 2018 19:43


BRISTOL - A city man was arrested Sunday for allegedly threatening to shoot up a local church, while pounding at the front door of a nearby home and demanding that the resident come outside.

Augustus Alexander, 58, of 77 View St., has been accused of breaking down the door to a home next to the Christian Fellowship Center, at 43 Prospect St., around 2 a.m., and chasing the resident around, making a reference that he had a weapon on him, according to the police report.

Alexander was taken into custody at about 2:30 a.m., when police found him outside a home at 45 Prospect St., after someone had called 911. According to a resident of the home, which is owned by Christian Fellowship, Alexander randomly showed up to his home and began pounding on the door.

Alexander said the man is his friend, and that he went there because he believed his wife and child had been staying there. They were not found in the home.

After kicking down the main door to home, Alexander then allegedly kicked down the door to his friend’s apartment unit, according to the report. He then chased the resident around the unit until the man agreed to go outside and talk with him, as his son was sleeping inside and he didn’t want him involved.

While outside, Alexander allegedly made a motion toward his coat multiple times, repeatedly saying, “You know what I got,” the report alleges.

“I’ll bring a gun on a Sunday and shoot everyone in the church,” Alexander allegedly said, according to the report.

Police showed up shortly thereafter. Alexander was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree threatening, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace. He was held in custody overnight and arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court.

“He’s going to prison,” Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said at the hearing. “Homes are still a sanctuary today.”

Peter Matthews, a public defender who represented Alexander Monday, said his client’s only criminal conviction is that of a driving under the influence charge.

Alexander’s bond was set at $30,000, and his case was continued to April 3.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 5 March 2018 19:43. Updated: Monday, 5 March 2018 19:45.