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Sleeping man found with fake gun outside Graton casino

Sonoma County sheriff's deputies went to the Graton Resort & Casino Saturday morning, called by security officers who reported a man sleeping in his car with what looked like an automatic handgun in his lap.

The gun turned out to be fake and the man was arrested by deputies on suspicion of having an imitation gun in public, sheriff's Sgt. Rey Basurto said.

The call about a man with a gun came in at 7:45 a.m. It was spotted by two security officers on bicycles patrolling the parking lot at the casino next to Rohnert Park.

Basurto said deputies found the man sleeping in a white Chevrolet Impala with what looked to them to be a real gun.

They used a bullhorn to wake him and alert him to their concern. The man, Ibarhim Ahmed Alwazzan, 30, of Benicia, exited the car without incident and deputies determined the gun was fake.

He and a friend had been at the casino during the night and Alwazzan apparently had gone to the car to sleep while his friend remained inside.

The friend, David Michael Lecair, 30, of Bay Point, exited the casino during the incident. Deputies arrested him on suspicion of possessing narcotics, drug paraphernalia and burglary tools, Basurto said.

Lecair was booked into the Sonoma County Jail with bail set at $10,000.

Alwazzan was booked into jail, with bail set at $1,000 for two suspected misdemeanor crimes.


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