Employees at a Northampton County fast food restaurant had a scare when someone threw a handgun over the service counter.
But it ended up being a doctored pellet gun a Williams Township man was using to scare someone.
Tavon P. Scarbrough, of Berger Road, faces five counts of terroristic threats, single counts of harassment and disorderly conduct and a weapons offense for the incident inside a Wilson Borough Arby’s over the weekend. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned the 20-year-old, setting bail at $20,000.
Borough police were called to the Arby’s at 2445 Butler Street about 7:45 p.m. for reports of a fight involving a gun. Authorities said David Holmes reported first seeing Scarbrough outside the Little Caesar’s and that he began pulling at the waistband of his pants as if he had a gun, according to court records.
Scarbrough allegedly pulled a black gun from his waistband several times, and Holmes followed him into the Arby’s, where they began to argue. Authorities said Holmes grabbed the gun out of Scarbrough's waistband and threw it over the counter, alarming the staff.
Police said the handgun was a pellet gun that was taped and painted to resemble a real gun. Scarbrough allegedly later posted on social media that there was a “green light” on Holmes’ family, a term police said is slang for killing someone, according to records.
Scarbrough failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 27.