Man accused of pointing gun at Somalis in EP McDonald is released

Hennepin County attorney says more information is needed before charges can be filed

November 27, 2018 - 5:58 am

Charges are not yet filed in what Somali teenagers say was a confrontation between them and a man with a gun at a McDonald's restaurant in Eden Prairie.

The Hennepin County attorney's office says more information is needed before charges can be filed.

Hennepin County jail records show 55-year-old Lloyd Johnson was released from custody Monday at 2 p.m..  

He was arrested Nov. 21 on probable cause of second-degree assault after a group of Somali teens claimrd a man pulled a gun on them inside the fast-food restaurant.

The 45-second video posted on Twitter shows the confrontation 

Officers went to the McDonald’s at 598 Prairie Center Drive on Nov. 19 at 8:01 p.m. after a caller reported a large group of people causing a disturbance and said one of the individuals displayed a gun before leaving the restaurant.

“Don’t touch me!” said the man in one of two videos.

“Nobody touched you!” said at least of the teens to the man.

A 45-second video posted on Twitter shows the man backing out of the restaurant as a few teens take steps towards him. He then pulls out an object that appears to be a handgun and points it at the group.

“Yo! He has a gun!” yells out one of the teens.

Some of teens quickly walkway, seconds later a McDonald’s employee can be seen yelling at the group.

“I want everyone out of the store now!” said a McDonald’s employee.

“He has a gun!” said one the teens.

“I don’t give a f***, get out of my store now!” said the McDonald’s employee.

Another man who witnessed the incident then comes to the defense of the teens saying.

“Eh, eh, don’t send them out there when a dude just pulled a f***ing gun on them,” said the patron. The man then tells the employee to call the police.

Witnesses say a verbal altercation occurred between a man and a juvenile male that escalated. A statement from Eden Prairie Police says they’re investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident to determine if a crime was committed.