Cops: Armed man threatened coworkers at Steak ’n Shake after being too drunk to work

A Steak ’n Shake employee was arrested on several felonies after he allegedly threatened coworkers with a gun on Thanksgiving.
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A Steak ’n Shake employee was arrested on several felonies after he allegedly threatened coworkers with a gun on Thanksgiving.

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

On Thanksgiving, a 20-year-old Steak ’n Shake employee in Oakwood called his boss to say he was too intoxicated to work, police said.

Hours later, the man allegedly went to work anyway — while carrying a gun.

Kentarias Gowans of Flowery Branch faces several felonies after he allegedly threatened his coworkers at the restaurant off Thurmon Tanner Parkway, Oakwood police said.

Kentarias Gowans
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Kentarias Gowans

Credit: Hall County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Hall County Sheriff's Office

It’s unclear whether he still worked at the restaurant Thursday evening.

Police responded to the location to see people running from the business, and officers quickly encountered Gowans. Officers told the man to drop his weapon, and police said he initially started to raise the gun toward them before throwing it on the ground.

Police said he appeared to still be intoxicated. An officer used a Taser on Gowan when he allegedly began to struggle during his arrest.

He faces several counts of aggravated assault as well as a count of armed robbery, obstruction and first-degree public drunkenness, Hall County Jail records show.

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