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Man allegedly gets drunk, threatens to kill patron at Yoshinoya

April 27, 2012

A 38-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly got drunk and threatened to kill a restaurant patron at Yoshinoya, police said.

Fernando Cortez was taken into custody about 8:30 p.m. on suspicion of making criminal threats after witnesses told police he was yelling and trying to fight a patron inside the restaurant on the 4000 block of San Fernando Road, according to Glendale Police Department reports.

He allegedly yelled profanities at a patron seated at another table in the restaurant because he didn’t like what the man was saying about children, according to police reports.

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The patron told police Cortez yelled “I’m going to kill you,” according to reports. He feared that Cortez would hurt him, so he allegedly picked up a chair and held it between them.

Cortez allegedly walked toward him, but other restaurant patrons quickly intervened.

Police said Cortez had an odor of alcohol and his eyes were watery and bloodshot. He told police that he had “a few 24-ounce beers” to drink that evening, according to police reports. He also told police that he never threatened the patron.

He is scheduled to appear Monday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Glendale, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department records.

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