A Florida man has been jailed after police say he threatened to return to a Walmart store with a gun if the remote control car he was buying did not work.
Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw says police arrested 33-year-old Anthony Reed on Monday evening on a felony charge of making a false report about using a firearm in a violent manner.
According to an arrest report, Reed made the threat on Friday, just days after 22 people were killed in a shooting rampage at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart.
The report cited by Tampa Bay Times says Reed may be a 'sovereign citizen' - a term that refers to anti-government extremists who consider themselves not subject to any laws.
At around noon on Friday, Reed reportedly was dropped off by his wife at the big-box store on US 19 North, where he told an employee he's 'serious about his money' and would come back with a gun if the car did not function properly.
'If I get home and this is broken, I’m going to snap and come back here with a gun,' he was quoted as telling the store clerk.
Anthony Reed was arrested in Clearwater on Monday and charged with making a false report about using a firearm in a violent manner over his comment to a Walmart employee invoking a gun.
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