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Man arrested trying to retrieve handgun seized in Hempstead billiard parlor, police say

Herbert Soliz, 32, was arrested Monday, May 25,

Herbert Soliz, 32, was arrested Monday, May 25, 2015, in Hempstead, and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, police said. Credit: NCPD

A 32-year-old man with no known address was arrested Monday after he returned to a Hempstead billiard parlor to retrieve a handgun taken from him the night before by a security officer, Nassau County police said.

The suspect, identified as Herbert Soliz, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment, police said.

Police said Soliz had a handgun taken from him Sunday night at Yo Carlos Billiards on Wellington Street in Hempstead by a security officer who had entered the bathroom to "address a problem." Police said only that the handgun was a revolver. Neither the make or caliber was provided.

After Soliz was escorted from the establishment, police said the owner, identified only as a woman, reported the incident to Hempstead police.

Police said that while detectives were at the scene Monday, Soliz returned to get the gun -- and was arrested.

An investigation later revealed that Soliz had fired the gun into the air, police said.

Soliz was arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead. He was held pending a bail of $7,500 cash or $15,000 bond. He was represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases.

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