Police: Mom Waved Gun in Chuck E. Cheese Feud

Tawana Bourne is arrested, was there with her kid

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 5, 2013 2:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Bad: A spat at a Connecticut restaurant prompted a 30-year-old woman to whip out a semiautomatic handgun and load it, police say. Worse: The restaurant was Chuck E. Cheese. Worst: Tawana Bourne was there with her child, the Hartford Courant reports. She's out on $50,000 bail after allegedly threatening another woman yesterday who was also there with a child; Bourne is being charged with second-degree threatening, breach of peace, reckless endangerment, and putting a minor at risk. Police confiscated the gun and Bourne's permit for it. No word on what the fight was about.

The incident led Chuck E. Cheese to issue a long statement, notes NBC Connecticut, which reads in part: "In all of our stores around the country we display very visible signs prohibiting entry with weapons or firearms without exception. While the patron in question has a valid State of Connecticut pistol permit, she was in clear violation of this order on private property and our staff acted accordingly."

This undated handout image provided by CEC Entertainment Inc. shows an image from the company's new Chuck E. Cheese, national ad campaign.
This undated handout image provided by CEC Entertainment Inc. shows an image from the company's new Chuck E. Cheese, national ad campaign.   (AP Photo/CEC Entertainment Inc)
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