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‘You can die today’, Joliet Auto Shop threatened by gunman: cops

JOLIET, IL – A 23-year-old Joliet man argued with employees at the 5 Star Auto store on Saturday morning, returning with a gun, pointing it at one of the auto shop employees, exclaiming : “You can die today”, according to the Joliet police.

Subsequently, the employee struggled with Nicholas Garcia Jr. and pushed Garcia out of the store at 800 East Jackson St., police say. Officers then arrested Garcia at his home in the 600 block of Algonquin Street on the east side of town.

Garcia was incarcerated in Will County Jail for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault. Saturday’s incident took place around 10:30 a.m.

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According to police, Garcia drove to the auto repair shop and left shortly after. Then Garcia called the auto shop and argued with an employee on the phone. Eventually, Garcia returned to 5 Star Auto to argue with auto shop workers, police said.

“Garcia refused to leave and was eventually kicked out of the company by an employee. Garcia went to his vehicle and returned to the store with a 9mm handgun. Joliet police reports show it.

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After the employee pushed Garcia out of the store, the worker locked the door and called 911.

Joliet police found Garcia at his home on Algonquin Street and took him into custody. Officers recovered the handgun from Garcia’s belt at the time of the arrest, according to police reports.

After spending 26 hours in custody over the weekend, Garcia was released from Will County Jail Sunday afternoon after posting 10% of his $10,000 bond.

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