PCSO: Man threatened Walmart workers in ad match dispute

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- A man is accused of threatening Walmart employees after a cashier declined to perform an "ad match" -- a story that gained national attention this week.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Joe Cantrell, 34, entered the Walmart Supercenter at Hunt Highway and Gary Road on Dec. 2, just after 7 p.m.

Cantrell demanded a cashier perform an ad match, and the cashier explained the company does not match Black Friday ads because they are too numerous, the Sheriff's Office said.

Cantrell then allegedly yelled at the cashier using profane language and threatened to harm Walmart employees.

The Sheriff's Office said store employees, managers and customers witnessed the disturbance.

A female customer who was standing in line reportedly left the store to calm her child.

Cantrell allegedly said he did not care if he was kicked out of the store because he was going to wait for the cashier in the parking lot, where he would "do him in."

Before leaving, he allegedly told the store manager he would beat the cashier the next time he visited the store.

The Sheriff's Office said when deputies responded to a call from Walmart, Cantrell had left the store.

Deputies obtained surveillance footage and recognized Cantrell from prior contacts. The Sheriff's Office said he has caused disturbances at the same Walmart on other occasions.

Deputies were unable to locate Cantrell at his last known address.

Cantrell reportedly created a Facebook post about the incident, saying he came close to harming a Walmart employee, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies detained Cantrell when he returned to Walmart on Dec. 5.

He was cited on suspicion of one count of disorderly conduct and one count of threatening and intimidating others.

Earlier this week, a Pinal County court ordered Cantrell have no further contact with one of the Walmart employees, or he will face arrest and further prosecution.