Man arrested for terroristic threats

by Wes Mayer

A man was arrested early Sunday morning after being detained by security staff at Jekyll & Hyde’s Sports Bar in Newnan.

Around 2:15 a.m., Officer Joseph Castro with the Newnan Police Department arrived at 10 The Boulevard in response to a dispute. Castro met with the victim, a security guard at the bar.

According to Castro’s report, the victim asked two men playing pool in the bar to leave because it was time to close the bar. The two men refused, though, and got angry after the guard asked a third time. The security guard then got help and was able to escort the two outside.

While being escorted, one of the men, Sydney Hilgenberg, 21, told the security guard he was not “bad enough” to follow him outside, but if he did, Hilgenberg said he “had something for him.” The guard then followed Hilgenberg outside, and Hilgenberg began walking backwards with a hand behind his back, according to Castro’s report.

The guard was able to see behind Hilgenberg and saw him holding the butt of a gun sticking out from his waistline. The guard told Castro he was able to get close enough to Hilgenberg to grab the gun, take it away and push Hilgenberg to the ground, where he was detained by another security guard. Hilgenberg’s friend was detained as well until authorities arrived.

Castro spoke to Hilgenberg, who was heavily intoxicated, and asked if he had a license for his handgun. Hilgenberg said he did not. The guard told Castro he felt threatened by Hilgenberg, and Castro charged Hilgenberg with terroristic threats and acts and carrying a weapon without a license. Hilgenberg was transported to the Cowet County Jail and his friend was released.

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