Former Pluckers employee accused of threatening to ‘light up’ restaurant with AK-47

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A former Pluckers employee is accused of making terroristic threats against the restaurant where he used to work, according to Austin police.

Police received a call to 6406 North Interstate Highway 35, a Pluckers restaurant in north Austin on Monday, April 22. The officers met with the general manager of the restaurant who told them the establishment had received a threat on Facebook.

The manager showed police a post by a man who was later identified as former Pluckers employee 39-year-old Jonathan Cortez. The manager said that Cortez had been fired from the restaurant 8 months earlier.

The screenshot of the post shown to officers stated “Feeling cute. Might break out the AK-47 and go light up Pluckers later I don’t know,” according to an affidavit. In addition, the comments of the post showed Cortez calling out a current Pluckers employee by name and saying he would go after him first.

Employees at the Pluckers told officers that the Facebook account was indeed Cortez. An investigation showed that photos on the account matched previous arrest photos of Cortez, according to police.

Cortez faces a charge of making a terroristic threat. 

In a statement on Thursday, Pluckers said:

“Pluckers cares about our family of employees.  We trust the authorities to handle this individual appropriately and want to ensure our guests and employees that Pluckers is a safe environment.”

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