Man charged with felony for pulling gun on Somali teens
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Minneapolis area man with a felony for allegedly threatening a group of young Somalis with a gun inside a McDonald’s.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s office on Monday charged 55-year-old Lloyd Edward Johnson of Eden Prairie with felony terroristic threats and carrying a pistol without a permit, a gross misdemeanor.
County Attorney Mike Freeman says Johnson “did everything he could to provoke this incident.”
According to the complaint, two young women told police they were trying to pay for their food with a digital app at the fast-food restaurant in Eden Prairie last month, but it was not working. Johnson was behind them and allegedly said “you were probably trying to pay with EBT,” an electronic benefit transfer card used to transfer federal government benefits to stores.
Johnson eventually pulled a handgun from his waistband before walking out, according to the complaint.
Johnson was charged by summons and does not have a first court appearance set yet.