Patrons of Horsewood’s Restaurant in Caldwell were panicked Friday night when a man jumped up on the bar and “praised Allah as the only god.” Patrons fled in panic.
Patrons and staff quickly subdued the man and hustled him outside. Adding to the fear factor, the man was carrying a backpack. He was pinned to the ground and the backpack was tossed a safe distance away when Caldwell police arrived. Police said he was unarmed, despite early reports to the contrary.
Caldwell Police Lt. Joey Hoadley told the GUARDIAN Bell was charged with “Disturbing The Peace” after being examined at a local hospital. He was booked and released from the Canyon County jail.
“I was one of the first on the scene and the thought of a permitless carry incident certainly went through my mind,” said Hoadley adding, “I was really proud of the Caldwell citizens and shook some hands after it was all over.”
Another witness celebrating a birthday said, “Let me tell you, everyone that was there was scared as hell.” The rest of his statement was too full of expletives to be quoted.
After the GUARDIAN posted the story, KTVB picked up the story and obtained security video of the incident.
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