Man with gun threatens customers at Surprise store

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William McDougle By Jennifer Thomas William McDougle By Jennifer Thomas

SURPRISE -- Police officers arrested a man after he brandished a weapon and threatened customers at a store in Surprise Wednesday night.

Witnesses told police that a man made threatening statements to several customers inside and outside the Cobblestone store near Litchfield and Bell roads. Sgt. Mark Ortega said the man displayed a black pistol out of the driver's side door as he drove off the property.

William McDougle, 20, was stopped by officers a few blocks away and police located a black pellet gun made to resemble a 9mm semi-auto pistol in his vehicle.

McDougle was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, threatening and disorderly conduct. He was then transported to the Maricopa County Jail where he was booked.