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Customer's Threats Fall on Police Officers' Ears

The Indianapolis Star via YellowBrix

January 12, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – A 29-year-old Indianapolis man might not have noticed the other customers when he walked into an east side pizza parlor Monday shouting death threats into a cell phone with a gun sticking out of his pocket.

But there, at a nearby table, were three police officers.

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Police said Cesar Augusto Torres made their job easy when he talked about “shooting someone today,” in a loud voice at Luca’s Pizza, 1020 N. Shadeland Ave., at 2 p.m.

Torres yelled into the cell phone that they “don’t know who I am” and that he would “pop anyone” that “looked at him the wrong way,” according to the report.

Marion County Sheriff’ Sgt. Bobby Waldon could see that Torres had a gun in the right back pocket of his jeans. While on the phone, Torres slowly turned around and noticed Waldon, IMPD Sgt. Rick Davidson and Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Shambaugh sitting at a table.

When Torres began walking toward the door, Waldon grabbed Torres and removed his gun, for which he had a permit.

Police then searched Torres’ car outside the pizza parlor and found 36 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag, a scale and $180 in cash.

As Torres was being arrested, he threatened to “hunt down” the police officer and their families and “harm them,” according to the police report.

Police arrested Torres for felony intimidation, felony possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct.

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