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Man Threatens to 'Come Back Orlando-Style' at Bushwick Gay Bar, Police Say

By Gwynne Hogan | June 15, 2016 9:01am
 Justin Rice, 40, was arrested early Monday morning outside Happyfun Hideaway after making threats to
Justin Rice, 40, was arrested early Monday morning outside Happyfun Hideaway after making threats to "come back Orlando-style," police said.
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BUSHWICK — A man threatened to "come back Orlando-style" and tried to pummel the bouncer with a metal bucket late Monday night at a neighborhood gay bar, according to police. 

“I'm going to shoot this place up and get my 50 just like Orlando, Florida," said Justin Rice, 40, who was arrested soon after the 11 p.m. incident outside Happyfun Hideaway at 1211 Myrtle Ave., the NYPD said. "I’m going to come back Orlando-style!

"F--k you fa---ts, f--k that fa---t, I'll kill you f----ts," he yelled while hurling a metal bucket at the 34-year-old bouncer, narrowly missing him, according to prosecutors.

Rice had been inside Happyfun and the bouncer had escorted him out, leading up to the incident, prosecutors said. 

He was arrested at the scene and charged with aggravated harassment and attempted assault, police said. 

Prosecutors added additional charges, including making a terrorist threat and menacing as a hate crime. He is due back in court on June 17. Information about the private attorney he retained was not immediately available. 

Rice is being held at Rikers and a judge set bail at $10,000, correction records show. 

The incident, which was first reported by The Daily News, comes just days after the largest mass shooting in American history, which took place early Sunday in Orlando. Forty-nine people were gunned down inside an Orlando gay club.

Hours after the shootings on Sunday, a caller dialed Lillie's Victorian Bar in Midtown, telling a staffer there, “I have sworn allegiance to ISIS. I am going to come kill you all now.” 

Workers at Happyfun Hideaway couldn't be reached immediately for comment.