Man accused of refusing to pay lunch bill faces assault and robbery charges
POCATELLO — A man who allegedly pointed a gun at restaurant workers while refusing to pay his bill has been criminally charged.
Matthew James Carrizoza, 32, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, as well as one misdemeanor count of petty theft, court records show.
Officers from the Pocatello Police Department were dispatched to the 600 block of North 5th Avenue around 6:45 p.m. Monday following reports of a weapons offense, according to a probable cause affidavit. Police spoke to two restaurant workers who said Carrizoza pointed a gun at them.
One of the victims said Carrizoza had ordered food but was upset that it was not prepared to her liking, according to the affidavit. The victim said Carrizoza walked out of the restaurant, but left his cell phone behind.
When Carrizoza returned to retrieve his phone, the first employee and another confronted him about the bill. Both victims told officers that during the altercation, Carrizoza pulled out a multicolored semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at one of the victims’ face.
Officers found Carrizoza shortly after on US Highway 91 toward Inkom. He was arrested and taken to Bannock County, where he was booked and is currently being held on $30,000 bond.
If convicted of both crimes, Carrizoza faces up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
He is due to appear before Magistrate Judge Thomas Clark for a preliminary hearing on March 15.