Employee accused of pulling gun on Waterbury restaurant ownerPosted: Updated:
An angry employee is accused of pulling a gun on his former boss at a restaurant in Waterbury Wednesday morning.
"He just pulled the gun out on me and said, 'Give me my money right now,'" said Francisco Rosales, who owns Amalfi Pizza.
In surveillance footage given to Eyewitness News, Rosales can be seen behind the counter when his former worker, who was later identified as Juan Aquino, entered the Amalfi pizza restaurant.
Aquino, who was employed at the restaurant for only about two weeks, told Rosales that he quit. However, Aquino told Rosales that he wanted to get paid.
To avoid a confrontation, Rosales told Aquino to come back in the afternoon, but the owner said the suspect demanded he get the money right then.
"Thank God I got a checking account, an operating account," Rosales said. "The guy told me, 'Just sign it. Sign it, I fill out the rest.'"
Aquino was arrested by police a few hours later. He was charged with robbery, threatening and breach of peace.
Police officials said Aquino was able to show them proper permits for the weapon. As the gun control debate goes on, Rosales said he wants to see a much stronger screening process.
"I don't think it's a good idea to carry a gun and try to get paid with a gun in your hands," he said. "I'm scared to live in Waterbury today."
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