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Forsyth restaurant worker arrested for making false terrorist threat, police say

Forsyth restaurant worker arrested for making false terrorist threat, police say


FORSYTH — A restaurant kitchen worker was arrested Tuesday night after police say he texted implied threats to return to work with a gun and cause harm following an argument with a colleague. 

A sworn affidavit from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said the 30-year-old worker at Buffalo Wild Wings was booked on preliminary charges of making a false terrorist threat and disorderly conduct. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

The affidavit said trouble flared in the restaurant’s kitchen around 6:17 p.m. when the worker got into a yelling argument with a 44-year-old fellow employee. Another employee stepped in to intervene after the worker deliberately “bumped” the 44-year-old. The worker was then seen to pick up a knife for a few seconds before dropping it back onto a counter, the document said. 

The affidavit said the worker was pushed away from the other man and eventually herded out the back doors of the restaurant. But, by 6:47 p.m., he began sending a series of threatening texts that used racial slurs and words and phrases such as “kill,” “stab” and “I was gone kill that (expletive).” One of his last messages, according to the affidavit, implied returning to the restaurant with the threat “I come shot that (expletive) up.”

“The manager advised he was made aware of the texts and contacted the Macon County Sheriff’s Office,” the affidavit added. It said both the manager and coworkers interpreted the messages as meaning the angry worker was intent on returning “with a gun and shooting people in the restaurant.”

The worker was under arrest by 8 p.m. Tuesday and he remained in the Macon County Jail Wednesday night in lieu of posting $25,000 bond. If he makes bail, he is ordered to stay away from Buffalo Wild Wings and the co-worker he threatened.

Chris Schmidt, restaurant manager, told the Herald & Review Wednesday: “We handled the situation properly and took all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our guests and our team members.”

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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