Catholic Charities says gang threats closed Thomas Merton Center on Madison Avenue in Bridgeport

Catholic Charities, which runs the Thomas Merton Center, said gang members threatened one of its staff members. (5/20/14)

BRIDGEPORT - Dozens of people who showed up expecting a meal at a Bridgeport soup kitchen Tuesday found locked doors instead.

People who work at the Thomas Merton Center on Madison Avenue said they had to shut down the facility for the day to protect workers after someone seriously threatened a staff member Monday.  

A sign on the door said that the center had been closed due to illegal activity.

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Catholic Charities, which runs the Thomas Merton Center, said gang members threatened one of its staff members.

The group also complained about drug trafficking in front of the soup kitchen.

Catholic Charities said it has been in touch with the mayor's office about the incident and that it is working to make sure no one is in danger.

News 12 called the mayor's office and was referred to police who said they weren't aware of the incident.

However, workers at the center said they will reopen tomorrow.

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