Man allegedly robs Cask ‘n Flagon at gunpoint; shot fired

He "threatened two employees with a firearm while demanding cash" before firing a shot inside the popular Fenway bar after hours, police say.

–Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe

A Hyde Park man allegedly pulled a gun on two Cask ‘n Flagon employees early Sunday morning before he fired a shot in the Fenway bar and then fled with cash in hand, according to police.

Leonard Payne, 54, faces several charges following the alleged robbery at the popular 62 Brookline Ave. restaurant, where he gained entry after hours, Boston police said in a statement.

A call to police around 2:57 a.m. reported that a man, later identified as Payne, “threatened two employees with a firearm while demanding cash,” according to officials.

He allegedly fired a single shot that did not hit either of the two employees, and then fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

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En route to the bar, officers near 686 Newbury St. saw a man who matched the suspect’s description and called out to him.

“As they approached, the officers observed that the suspect kept his right hand tightly inside his jacket pocket despite their verbal commands to do otherwise,” police said. “Officers were able to gain control of the suspect’s right hand at which time they safely recovered a loaded .380 caliber Cobra handgun from inside his coat pocket.”

Authorities identified the man as Payne and took him into custody. Investigators were still searching for the stolen cash later Sunday.

In a statement to The Boston Globe, Cask ‘n Flagon owner Dana Van Fleet thanked both the two employees for alerting authorities and police for apprehending the suspect.

“The officers who were called to the scene put themselves at risk by confronting this suspect and we are grateful for their quick work and professionalism,” Van Fleet said. “We are thankful for the service of the Boston Police and the fact that our valued staff members were not physically hurt.”

Payne faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm third offense, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, armed and masked robbery, carrying a loaded firearm on a public way, aggravated intimidation of a witness, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of Class B drugs, unlawful possession of a firearm with three prior violent or drug crimes, armed kidnapping, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, police said.

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He was slated to appear in Boston Municipal Court.