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Statesboro police: Man waved gun, tried to pull porch off restaurant
Gordon Aulie Franklin III

A man accused of waving a gun in two local restaurants on the same day was arrested Monday for his actions, police said.

Gordon Aulie Franklin III, 56, of Park Avenue, entered Gnat's Landing and Millhouse Steak House Oct. 7, brandishing a gun and causing a disturbance, according to Statesboro police reports.

Franklin first appeared at Gnat's Landing on South Main Street around 6 p.m. and, according to reports, "entered the establishment in an aggressive manner while waving a firearm around."

A witness told police that Franklin's actions "placed her in immediate fear for her physical safety and endangered all patrons."

Restaurant owner Al Chapman provided video from surveillance cameras that showed Franklin's behavior, reports state.

Around 7 p.m., Franklin appeared at Millhouse Steak House on Statesboro Place Circle, where he entered and "brandished a gun at the bar," reports say.

Later, Franklin "attempted to hook the winch on his vehicle up to the porch of the establishment to pull it off," according to reports.

Police spoke to witnesses, all of whom gave similar details of the incident, reports state. The incident was listed as occurring between 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 7, but no specific information was provided as to how much time passed between the alleged gun-brandishing and hooking up the vehicle to the porch.

Franklin was arrested Monday on charges of disorderly conduct, simple assault and reckless conduct, according to Bulloch County Jail records. He later posted bond and awaits further court hearings.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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