Crime

Bar bouncer’s alleged actions have him facing charge of assault with deadly weapon

Bouncer Brandon Halm faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
Bouncer Brandon Halm faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Sonora police busted a bouncer they said went too far Saturday night after removing a few intoxicated people from a downtown bar. He apparently was set off by a comment made by one of the patrons, police said.

Officers responded to The Office Bar, 155 S. Washington St., about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, on a report of a disturbance. They learned bouncer Brandon Halm, 41, of Sonora, told a few patrons to leave, and they refused.

He was able to get them outside, but then pulled a knife and held it to a person’s throat, according to a Facebook post by the Police Department. The post included a photo of the weapon — a folding knife with a nearly 4-inch blade.

About what preceded the knife assault, Sgt. Curtis Hankins said, “Halm was wearing a T-shirt saying he supports the Hells Angels, and the victim made some type of comment about the T-shirt.”

The male victim had a superficial neck wound consistent with being cut by a blade, police said. Halm was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and booked into county jail.

Deke has been an editor and reporter with The Modesto Bee since 1995. He currently does breaking-news, education and human-interest reporting. A Beyer High grad, he studied geology and journalism at UC Davis and CSU Sacramento.
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