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Man Charged with Threatening Plymouth Bar Patrons with Shotgun

Police say Wade Joseph Ralph aimed a shotgun at bar patrons and bouncers after he was ejected from Cowboy Jack's for picking fights with other customers.

A Ramsey, Minn., man has been charged with threatening to kill people at a Plymouth bar after he was kicked out, then retrieving a shotgun from his car and aiming it at the establishment.

Wade Joseph Ralph, 27, is charged with making terroristic threats, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Plymouth police were called to Cowboy Jack’s on Dec. 30, 2012 to investigate a report of someone with a shotgun threatening bar patrons, according to the criminal complaint, signed by Plymouth Police Officer Jeff Dorfsman.

When they arrived, officers found bouncers from the bar restraining Ralph. The bouncers told police that Ralph had been kicked out of the bar because he and his brother were picking fights with other customers.

When the bouncers told Ralph that he was being ejected, he threatened to get a shotgun and kill people, according to the complaint.

The bouncers and bar patrons watched Ralph go to a car in the parking lot, open the trunk and remove a shotgun. He racked the slide on the gun and pointed it at the bar, the complaint says.

Ralph has been released from custody on a $10,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Feb. 1 in Hennepin County District Court.


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