Agitated Man With Gold Teeth Brandishes Handgun at Couple
“He started backing out,” Coya Romero explained. “I’ve got a car behind me so I can’t back up…He stopped and backed out some more.”
Another shopper, Jessica Gregorio, had been watching because she was also waiting to pull out. She said, “A man in a white car reversed out of his parking spot very quickly and recklessly, nearly hitting the truck that I was behind. The truck honked. The white car stopped.
Romero said the driver began acting very agitated towards her. “He’s throwing his arms inside his car,” she explained. “The guy flipped us off through the window.”
According to the driver behind Romero, Jessica Gregorio, “The driver of the white car then jumped out of his car and walked briskly towards the truck, hands halfway up, in a confrontational manner. The way he was walking and his demeanor led me to believe he was under the influence.”
Romero said watched the driver of the white car come towards her truck. ” He was pretty slim…in his twenties. His upper front teeth were gold,” she said.
Gregorio said that while Romero remained in her seat, but her partner, Guzman, “opened his door and stood up a little, hands also half way up and said ‘what the heck (or) hell.’ The driver of the white car then stated loudly, ‘[Y]ou’re gonna get it.'”
Gregorio explained, the driver “went back to his car briefly and grabbed something. At this point, I turned on my camera. I was anticipating the guy was going to vandalize the truck or something. I figured the people in the truck might want some photos for insurance, or for a report in case the guy took off quickly.”
She said, “What transpired next, happened quickly, but felt drawn out in the moment. The white car guy had a black handgun raised in his right hand, and a cup in his left.”
From inside the truck, Romero said, “From my memory, he raised the gun and pointed it at our truck. It wasn’t a blatant straight on. He raised his arms so we could see the gun and it was pointed at us.”
Meanwhile, Gregorio was crouched in her car. She said, “When I noticed the gun, I got low and tried to hide behind my steering wheel, so my camera was blocked for the first few seconds. The guy with the gun proceeded back towards the truck, now with the gun near his side, and stopped short of the hood. I didn’t hear if he said anything.”
Fairly quickly, she said, “he turned back and got into his car and sped off. He stopped at the end of the lane for a moment, then headed west in the parking lot.”
Shaking badly, Romero said she called 911. Gregorio and other witnesses helped her and Guzman describe the situation to the Eureka Police officers who responded. Gregorio says she provided photos and the video below to officers.
If you have any information about the driver or the situation, please contact Eureka Police Officer Aello at (707) 441-4060.