An unruly crowd, a gun – and then chaos

Man charged in incident outside now-closed Spoon restaurant

Apple Valley’s Spoon restaurant has closed, but a chaotic scene that transpired there late one night last year has resulted in criminal charges for a Brooklyn Center man.

Davonte M. Lynn, 20, was charged in district court Nov. 12 with felony terroristic threats for allegedly pointing a gun at a crowd in the parking lot of the Asian fusion restaurant at 14871 Granada Ave.

According to the criminal complaint, Apple Valley police were called to the restaurant around 2 a.m. Oct. 27, 2012, on a report of 20 to 30 people fighting in the parking lot.

Upon arrival, officers were asked by restaurant employees to assist with the out-of-control crowd, and police subsequently ordered everyone to leave the parking area, which was covered with debris, empty bottles, jewelry, glasses and other items.

As the crowd began to disperse, two women approached police to report that a man – matching Lynn’s description – had pulled out a gun during the commotion in the parking lot and pointed it at the crowd before boarding a party bus.

As the women were giving their account, other officers on the scene pulled Lynn off the party bus because he was yelling threats “to shoot people” out the party bus window, the complaint said.

Security personnel at Spoon confirmed the gun-pointing allegation, reporting that the suspect “pointed the handgun toward several people in the crowd and then lunged forward twice,” causing people to flee in panic, according to the complaint.

Though police located Lynn on the party bus, they did not locate the gun he allegedly possessed.

If convicted, Lynn faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

The incident involving Lynn was among the host of police incidents and fire code violations on record when the Apple Valley City Council voted to deny renewal of Spoon’s liquor license in January of this year.

Apple Valley police Chief Jon Rechtzigel told the City Council that since May of 2011 police had responded to at least eight incidents that occurred during “hip hop” and nightclub-type events at Spoon. During one call to the restaurant, police observed unlicensed “security guards” carrying loaded handguns while consuming alcohol.

Additionally, Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon Thompson noted a total of 27 fire code violations at Spoon in a two-year period.

Spoon owners Kav Theng and Van Ngo sold the assets to the business last summer. Fiesta Mexican Cuisine now operates out of the former Spoon space on Granada Avenue.