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Oakwood Steak n Shake employee allegedly held gun to employee’s head, demanded money
Kentarias Gowans
Kentarias Gowans

After calling out of work, an Oakwood Steak n Shake employee allegedly returned to the restaurant with a gun, held it to another employee’s head and demanded money, police said.

Kentarias Gowans, 20, of Flowery Branch, called the business to say he would not be reporting for his shift “because he was intoxicated,” Oakwood Police investigator Todd Templeton wrote in an email.

Templeton said Gowans went to the restaurant around 10 p.m. Thursday with a handgun. He held the gun to an employee’s head and demanded money, according to police. 

There were both employees and customers in the restaurant at the time, and multiple calls were made to 911.

Oakwood officers were already in the area and were able to respond in less than a minute, police said. As officers arrived, employees were running from the business and Gowans allegedly exited the restaurant with the gun.

Officers told Gowans to drop the gun. He briefly raised it toward officers but then dropped the gun to the ground, police said. 

Officers took Gowans into custody after a brief struggle, according to police. 

Gowans has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault, obstruction of law enforcement, carrying a concealed weapon without a license, underage consumption of alcohol and public drunkenness. Other charges are expected, police said.

Reporter Nick Watson contributed to this report.