For Immediate Release: 2/12/2018 3:27 pm
On Friday, February 9, 2018, at approximately 9:15 PM, Worcester Police responded to Franks Bar located at 274 Shrewsbury Street for an assault that involved a handgun. Several police officers responded to the call.
Upon the officers arrival they met with a 54-year-old male victim. According to the victim, the suspect was described as a white male, with beard, approximately 25-years-old and wearing a brown carpenter coat.
The victim stated that he was drinking with the suspect inside Franks Bar prior to the assault. At one point the victim was leaving when the suspect and another unidentified male followed him out. The suspect walked towards a motor vehicle and entered it for a brief moment. The suspect exited the MV and walked towards the victim. The suspect then pulled a gun out from his coat pocket and pointed it at the victim.
The victim stated that the suspect racked a round in the chamber and observed the gun eject one bullet while at the same time releasing the magazine. At this point the victim realized that the weapon was real and ran off. After meeting up with the officers the victim stated that he believes that the suspect was still inside the bar.
While speaking with the victim, the suspect, later identified as Charles Jensen, 28-years-old of 54 Raymond Street, Worcester, was seen exiting the establishment. The victim pointed out the suspect to the officers. Several officers approached Mr. Jensen and secured him while the investigation at the scene continued.
A search of Mr. Jensen produced negative results. Mr. Jensen was uncooperative with the officers when asked about the allegations.
The victim pointed out the vehicle that Mr. Jensen went into. Officers looked through the window and observed a black backpack on top of the passenger seat. The backpack was partially open and the officer could see part of a firearm holster sticking out. The vehicle belonged to the other male that walked out with Mr. Jensen. The male gave consent for the officers to search the vehicle. The search did not produce the firearm. Officers now feared that the firearm may be hidden inside the bar. Officers and members of the Alcohol Enforcement Unit entered the bar and asked all the patrons for identification. At this time one of the patrons provided information to the officers where the firearm was hidden. The firearm was located in a purse of female patron that was not involved in the altercation.
The firearm and the ammunition were recovered and secured.
As a result of the discovery, Mr. Jensen was placed under arrest and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm without an FID Card, Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Improper Storage of a Firearm, and a Firearm Violation with one violent or Drug Conviction.
Mr. Jensen will be arraigned today at the Worcester County District Courthouse.
No injuries were reported.