Boston Police report arresting Leonard Payne, 54, of Hyde Park on charges he held up two employees inside the Cask 'n Flagon on Brookline Avenue and fired his gun before fleeing.
Police say Payne - who has past convictions - got into the bar shortly before 3 a.m., as employees were cleaning up. He showed his gun to two workers and demanded money, then ran away with whatever he got. Police say responding officers spotted a guy walking down Newbury Street, not far from the bar, who matched a broadcast description of the suspect.
As they approached, the officers observed that the suspect kept his right hand tightly inside his jacket pocket despite their verbal commands to do otherwise. Officers were able to gain control of the suspect’s right hand at which time they safely recovered a loaded .380 caliber Cobra handgun from inside his coat pocket. The suspect was placed in custody without incident after being positively identified. Investigators are continuing their efforts at this time in an attempt to locate the stolen U.S. Currency.
Payne was charged with armed and masked robbery, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, armed kidnapping, discharging a firearm with 500 feet of a dwelling, aggravated witness intimidation, unlawful possession of a firearm with three prior violent or drug crimes, unlawful possession of a firearm, third offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm on a public way and possession of Class B drugs, police say.