A Florida man who bought a toy from Walmart mentioned that if the toy broke, he would come with a gun.
CLEARWATER, Florida (AP) – A man who bought a remote-controlled toy car from a Walmart store threatened employees that he would return with a gun if the toy didn’t work or broke. When the situation was reported to the police, they intervened without incident.
Clearwater Police spokesman Rob Shaw said police arrested Anthony Reed, 32, on Monday night. District police were already on high alert after the Walmart massacre in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 people dead. Reed’s use of such a threat soon after the incident prompted action.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Reed had told a Walmart employee that he was “very sensitive about his money.” Reed, who later turned to the clerk and said he’d come back with a gun if the car didn’t start and then left the store. After this threat, a “natural fear” arose for the employees.
Upon notice, Clearwater Police were able to identify Red by examining the store’s monitoring system. When they got to Reed to arrest him, Reed stated that he was joking and didn’t even have a weapon. Reade was arrested for causing a false report of violent use of a firearm.
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