Florida man threatened employees with gun when chicken wings order was late, police say

NAPLES, Fla. — A Florida man is accused of pulling a gun on restaurant employees when his online order of chicken wings was nearly an hour late, authorities said.

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Matthew James Davis, 35, of Naples, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Collier County Sheriff’s Office online booking records.

The sheriff’s office said that Davis threatened employees at a Wingstop restaurant in Naples, WINK-TV reported.

According to an arrest affidavit, Davis placed an online order for chicken wings at 8:39 p.m. on Aug. 27, 2021. The store promised that his order would be ready at 8:58 p.m., but when he arrived at 9:40 p.m. the food was not ready.

The sheriff’s office said that Davis was angry and began pacing in the waiting area. He was not mollified when an employee offered him a free drink while he waited, WBBH-TV reported.

According to the affidavit, Davis reportedly told employees that he was “going to get my strap (gun).”

“They going to see that I’m not playing,” Davis allegedly said.

At that point, Davis left the restaurant and retrieved a gun from his white van.

Employees and witnesses later told authorities that they feared for their lives, according to the affidavit.

“I can’t even imagine, you know, that somebody, because their order took too long or they didn’t like how it came out? “ Gregory Garcia told WINK. “It’s like OK, then you don’t go there again, but to pull a gun on somebody over something as silly as that as an order not being to their satisfaction.

“I mean, that’s getting kind of nuts.”

After a preliminary investigation, Davis met with sheriff’s detectives on Wednesday. According to the arrest affidavit, Davis told detectives that his outburst occurred several weeks after his mother’s death and that he was “stressed out.” He added that the gun was not loaded and that he merely intended to “intimidate” the restaurant employees.

Davis was arrested and booked into the Collier County Jail. He posted bail on Friday and will appear in court on Feb. 20, online court records show.

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