ST. LOUIS — Police are investigating after a woman said an employee at a St. Louis McDonald's pointed a rifle at her through the drive-thru window Monday evening.
Police said the incident happened at the McDonald's location near North Kingshighway Boulevard and Natural Bridge Road in the Penrose neighborhood. Police said a woman was trying to get food at around 9:20 p.m. when the employee pointed the gun at her through the drive-thru window.
The woman called police, and when officers responded to the restaurant, the employees refused to allow police inside. An employee eventually let the officers in so they could investigate.
A police K-9 was used to search the store, and police found two guns in the women's bathroom.
The victim was able to identify the employee who she said pointed a gun at her, and police took that suspect into custody. They said he was a 22-year-old man. As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, he has not been charged.
A second employee, a 44-year-old man, was issued a summons for interfering with police by preventing them from entering the store.
“In our restaurants, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers. I am very disturbed by the alleged inappropriate behavior of an employee, which is absolutely not tolerated.
"We are providing surveillance footage to the police department and are fully cooperating with their investigation," a spokesperson for Estel Foods, the McDonald’s franchisee that operates the restaurant, said in a statement.
The franchisee added that internal video captured by surveillance cameras does not support the police narrative. 5 On Your Side has requested to view the video.
5 On Your Side's Christine Byers and Jacob Kuerth contributed to this report.
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