LEWISTON — Police say a local man who walked into a Big Apple with a Samurai sword Sunday evening threatened a clerk when he was denied alcohol. 

Authorities said the man, identified as 28-year-old Joshua Kyle, a transient from Lewiston, tried to buy beer at the Main Street Big Apple but was denied because he was accompanied by a minor. 

Enraged, the man threatened the clerk, though it was unclear in what manner, or if at all, he alluded to the 4-foot Samurai sword encased in a black scabbard at his hip, Lewiston Police Officer Thomas Curry said. He said Kyle did not draw the weapon. 

Kyle left the store on foot and the clerk called 911. A few minutes later Kyle was seen being searched by three police officers, who escorted him into a police cruiser.

He was later charged with criminal threatening, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. 

He was being held on $260 bail at the Androscoggin County Jail. 

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