Kentarias Gowans
Photo: Hall County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Hall County Sheriff's Office

Police: Man calls out of work drunk, then holds up coworkers at Georgia burger spot 

Oakwood Police Department officials say a man called out of his Steak ‘n Shake job, because he was “intoxicated,” then showed up anyway and demanded money while holding a co-worker at gunpoint.

The Gainesville Times reports 20-year-old Kentarias Gowans, of Flowery Branch, is charged with offenses including aggravated assault. Oakwood Police investigator Todd Templeton says Gowans called out on Thanksgiving, went to the restaurant that night, held a gun to a co-worker’s head and demanded money.

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Police say responding officers arrived to see employees running from the business, which had customers at the time. Templeton said they quickly encountered Gowans, who still had the handgun in his hand, after the incident, according to a report by WDUN.

"Officers confronted him in front of the business, giving him verbal commands to drop the weapon," said Templeton. "Initially [Gowans] started to raise the weapon towards the officers, but then decided against that and then threw the gun to the ground."

According to police, Gowan appeared to still be intoxicated at the time of his arrest.  Officers were able to take him into custody with a brief struggle and after deploying a taser, Templeton told the news station.

"The officers that were in contact with him in the front of the business did an excellent job," he said. "This young man came very close to being critically injured due to his actions and the officers were able to avoid that situation having to occur by talking him down and were able to take him into custody without any shots being fired."

Gowan faces several charges, including aggravated assault against both civilians and police officers, one count of obstruction, a weapons violation charge, a public drunkenness charge and an underage drinking charge.

It’s unclear if Gowans has a lawyer.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com

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