A man attempted to force his way into Club Try-Angles on April 5 around 9 p.m, police said. Salt Lake City Police dispatchers received multiple calls throughout the day about a man carrying a rifle case and trespassing on private property in the area of Club Try-Angles (900 S. 250 West).
Donald Bickell, 51, tried to enter the bar carrying the rifle case, police said. As he was turned away by the doorman, Matt Mulliner, Bickell put the rifle case up to Mulliner’s face and told him, “I am about to end your life,” Mulliner said.
“I was just outside the bar when he walked up to me and asked me for a cigarette. I told him I didn’t have one and that he was not going to be entering the bar with that bag,” Mulliner said. “It was at that point that I felt very threatened and thought to myself, ‘this man is going to try and get in the bar and hurt everyone inside.'”
Mulliner went back into the club, locked the door and called police. The suspect was located nearby. Officers said they found no rifle in the rifle case. However, they did find an almost empty bottle of vodka and a utility knife. Bickell was booked into the Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of aggravated assault.
“He didn’t appear drunk. He was lucid and that’s what was so scary,” Mulliner said. “There was something heavy in that bag that filled it out. It wasn’t empty and he was holding it like he was going to use it.”
Mulliner said the man did not use gay slurs or appear to know one way or the other about the bar being a gay bar.
Also on Thursday, April 9, a volunteer at Our Store, a thrift shop used to raise money for the People With AIDS Coalition of Utah, was punched in the face and kicked in the side after he attempted to thwart a robbery by two men.
After the two adult men purchased a table, Tom Shoemake, the volunteer, noticed an empty stereo box and confronted them about it, police said. One of the suspects punched and kicked him, then fled west on 300 South. Their vehicle is described as an older white Jeep Cherokee. One suspect is a white male, in his mid 20s, 6 feet tall with a medium build. The second suspect is also a white male in his mid 20s, 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a medium build. Both were described as having brown hair, and wearing white T-shirts and baggy jeans.
The victim was transported to the hospital with a minor injury to the face. Shoemake also said on Facebook that he had broken ribs.