BERLIN — A Berlin man is being held this week on multiple charges after allegedly running in and out of businesses in the downtown area displaying a handgun and disturbing patrons of various establishments.
Around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Berlin Police responded to the area of Pitts Street for a report of an individual walking around with a handgun. Berlin Police and Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputies responded but were not able to immediately locate the individual.
During an interview with the complainant, Berlin Police were able to identify the suspect as Robert Wayne Bassett, 29, of Berlin. Bassett was reported to have been in a downtown business at which time he pulled a handgun from his waistband and displayed it, disturbing several of the patrons at the establishment.
As officers continued to search for Bassett, he was observed running into a different business. Officers surrounded the building in order to approach Bassett, who ran out of the business as officers were about to make entry. Bassett observed the officers and turned around and ran back into the business while drawing a handgun from his waistband.
Officers observed Bassett throw the handgun down to the ground inside the business. He was then taken into custody without further incident. Berlin Police recovered the .45 caliber handgun Bassett had thrown to the ground inside the business.
During a search of his person, Bassett was found to be wearing a holster inside his pants which he used to transport the handgun. He was also found to be in possession of several containers of marijuana. Berlin Police checked and determined Bassett was prohibited from possessing regulated firearms.
During the subsequent investigation, sufficient evidence was collected to indicate Bassett was involved in the distribution of controlled dangerous substances, specifically marijuana. As a result, Bassett has been charged with multiple weapons violations including carrying a handgun, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony, reckless endangerment and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Bassett had a bond review on Thursday in Snow Hill and was ordered to be held on a $500,000 bond.