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Possible gang activity at Cape Coral restaurant

Posted at 10:11 PM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-10 22:24:51-05

Cape police were called to the Golden Corral restaurant on Andalusia Boulevard to investigate after a kitchen worker said a man flashed a gun to him.

The restaurant worker admitted he was affiliated with the "Bloods," and the man who showed the gun was wearing that gang's common symbol -- a red bandana.

This happened Saturday just after 8 PM. The Cape Coral Police report says a man working in the kitchen got into a verbal argument with a group of men. He told police one of the men wearing a red bandana pulled up his shirt and showcased a handgun inside the restaurant. A red bandana is commonly associated with the "Bloods" gang.

The worker told police he also used to be in a gang. He said "he affiliated himself with the "Bloods" but no longer associates himself with them." The worker did have a "Bloods" tattoo on his hand.

"I'm surprised. I'm shocked, actually. I would not think that any gang activity would be here in Cape Coral. Especially in Golden Corral," Dee Anderson, a Golden Corral patron, told Fox 4.

The heavily redacted police report also says more words were exchanged outside the restaurant, and a fight involving a wooden bat broke out.

"You never know what they're going to do," Golden Corral patron Charlotte Wangerin said. "How many lives are going to be in danger, or even killed." 

The worker eventually told police he was no longer interested in pressing charges.

We reached out to the Golden Corral's owner for comment. He released this statement:

"We are aware of a verbal confrontation that took place last Saturday evening at our Cape Coral location on Andalusia Boulevard. A store associate intervened after overhearing abusive remarks made by two guests to a female co-worker. The associate asked the customers to leave, the authorities were called and arrived quickly. No guests or employees were injured.  The well-being of our guests and employees is our first priority." - Earl C. Wilson, A Golden Corral Franchisee