Police: Man threatens to kill deli employee over poorly made sandwich

SEATTLE -- A Safeway customer apparently didn't approve of the way a deli employee was making his sandwich and wasn't shy about letting him know it. That same customer was later arrested for threatening the employee with a gun, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim was working the deli counter at the store in the 3900 block of South Othello Street sometime before 4 p.m. March 6 when the suspect ordered a sandwich. While the victim made the sandwich, the suspect repeatedly chastised his work and told him he "wasn't making it right."

Eventually, the suspect left the store without the sandwich and without paying, according to the report.

The victim clocked off and went outside for a break around 4:15 p.m. and noticed the suspect standing nearby.

According to the report, the suspect said something to the victim, and the victim responded with a "smart-assed" response. As, the victim started to walk away, the suspect reportedly said, "You should be careful who you are mad-dogging."

When the victim asked why, the suspect lifted his shirt, showing a gun in his waistband, and said, "I'll shoot you in the head," according to the report.

The victim left the area, later telling officers he didn't report the incident at the time because he didn't want to hang around the suspect and because he didn't think the police would do anything anyway.

The next day, the suspect -- who is a regular at the Safeway -- returned to the store and was promptly arrested without incident. According to the report, he had no gun on him at the time of his arrest.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail.