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Women arrested after waving gun at Dunkin' Donuts customers

David Lynch
July 08, 2017 07:55 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Police on Friday arrested a woman who is facing a handful of charges after waving a gun at customers in the Dunkin’ Donuts across from the University of New Mexico, according to court documents.

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Police say 32-year-old Rita Howlingcrane had asked a security guard in the area to buy her food from Dunkin’. After entering, she reportedly became agitated at other customers, left the coffee shop and returned with a gun, pointing it at them.

The security guard then pulled his gun on her, court documents state, and told the customers to take cover in the shop. Police say Howlingcrane responded by throwing her gun in a dumpster outside and sitting in the parking lot before police arrived, with the security guard keeping his firearm trained on her.

Police say the gun was stolen. Howlingcrane is being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and receiving a stolen firearm. 

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