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UPDATE: Police praise Burger King manager after employee threatens to 'shoot the place up'

Man upset because hours reduced
Posted: 4:45 AM, Jan 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-18 13:16:28Z
Burger King employee arrested after threat
Burger King employee arrested after threat

UPDATE: Police are praising a manager's quick thinking as the reason officers were able to quickly arrest an employee at a local Burger King Tuesday night.

According to police, once Steven Ramirez threatened to shoot up the Burger King near Cheyenne and Rainbow, the manager on duty immediately called police.

"That manager took that threat very seriously and did exactly what that manager should've done," said Retired Metro Lt. Randy Sutton.

Sutton said many people aren't quick enough to take threats seriously, but this situation is a reminder that if you see something you should say something.

 "If an individual is going to make a threat, take a threat seriously," Sutton said.

Police said after the manager called police, an on-duty sergeant was able to talk the manager through evacuating the restaurant. Police were eventually able to enter the business and talk Ramirez down in just 30 minutes.

ORIGINAL: Police arrested a local Burger King employee on Tuesday night after he threatened to “shoot the place up” if his hours were not increased.

The 33-year-old man’s hours had recently been reduced and came to the restaurant to speak to a manager. Police responded to a call from the restaurant at 8:24 p.m. Upon arrival, they evacuated 6 employees and 4 customers out of a back door.

A team of officers, led by a sergeant, took the man into custody. A 30-round magazine with 15 bullets for a gun was found in his pocket.

After obtaining a search warrant, police also found a partially disassembled semi-auto rifle and a machete in the man’s backpack.

The man was placed under arrest. He has been identified as Steven Ramirez. He is being held at Clark County Detention Center on charges of carrying a conceal weapon without permit, carrying concealed machete without permit and owning/possessing a gun by prohibited person.

The Burger King is located near Cheyenne Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard.