Neal Pittard, 49, was arrested Tuesday morning following an incident that started around 5:20 p.m. Monday at the Hungry Howie’s at 491 N. State Road 434, according to the Altamonte Springs Police Department.
After the seven-hour police standoff, officers said they entered the shop and found a “small blue water gun wrapped in black electrical tape.” Police did not mention any other weapon being found in the restaurant.
According to an arrest report, Pittard’s wife had informed authorities that her husband was at the Hungry Howie’s and had made suicidal threats.
Pittard entered the pizza shop and quickly grew agitated, waving around “a small black object, which appeared to be a firearm,” the report shows. …
According to an arrest report Pittard held the alleged firearm up to the hostage’s head multiple times throughout negotiations as he made demands of the responding law enforcement agencies.