Lufkin man arrested after threat alluding to Orlando massacre

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man created a stir at the Applebee's restaurant located at 4600 S. Medford Drive when he got angry over how long it took to get his boneless wings, and he allegedly made a threat that alluded to the recent mass shooting at the Orlando night club that resulted in the deaths of 49 people.

The man allegedly made threats about shooting the business up and said, "Cops couldn't protect them. What makes you think they can protect y'all?"

Howard Hershey, 68, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on three Class A misdemeanor charges - public intoxication, resisting arrest, and terroristic threat - interrupt a public place. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $4,000.

According to the Lufkin Police Department's daily activity report, the Applebee's employee who reported the alleged threats described Hershey's statements as "nonchalant threats."

"She said that she was unsure he was a danger but that she did not appreciate him talking like that," the report stated.

When the Lufkin PD officers arrived on the scene, they learned that Hershey had been sitting in the restaurant's bar area for about 45 minutes.

A bartender told the officers that Hershey got upset when his order of boneless wings didn't come out as quickly as he wanted, and he made threats about "shooting the place up," the report stated.

The woman told police that Hershey then alluded to the Orlando massacre and said, "Cops couldn't protect them. What makes you think they can protect y'all."

Hershey alleged refused to cooperate when the LPD officers tried to take him into custody.

When asked if he had made a threatening statement, Hershey responded, "I know because 49 people got shot," the report stated.

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