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Police: Florida Man said He'd Bring Gun to Walmart if Toy was Broken

Police: Florida Man said He'd Bring Gun to Walmart if Toy was Broken

August 14, 2019 08:42 AM

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in Florida say a man threatened to return to a Walmart store with a gun if the remote control car he was buying didn't work.
    
Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw says police arrested 33-year-old Anthony Reed on Monday evening. They say he made the threat Friday, days after 22 people were killed in a shooting rampage at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart.
    
The Tampa Bay Times reports Reed told the employee he's "serious about his money" and would come back with a gun if the car didn't work. The report says the threat created a "well-founded fear" for employees.
    
Police identified Reed through the store's surveillance system. Reed told police he was joking and doesn't own a gun.
    
He's facing a felony charge of making a false report about using a firearm in a violent manner.
    
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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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