Dixon man charged with making false terrorist threat arraigned

DIXON (WREX) — A man charged with making a false terrorist threat at a crowded Dixon McDonald’s Aug. 5 is arraigned on Wednesday.

Ray Allen heard his charges formally read in court Wednesday and was assigned a public defender, according to the Lee County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Court records say the fast food chain was busy with a dinner rush when Ray Allen screamed, “Remember El Paso? What if I brought a gun in here and shot up everyone like El Paso?”

On Aug. 3, 22 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

Court records say the threats happened around 5:35 p.m. on Monday at the McDonald’s on North Galena Avenue when Allen started threatening two women who were there for dinner.

One of the women told police the threats came after she told Allen to go away. She said she was at a soda fountain filling her cup up when she felt something in her hair. She told police she turned around and realized Allen had been sniffing and touching her hair.

The report says Allen then exited the store and placed his hands and face on a nearby window next to the booth where the two women were sitting. The women told police Allen was breathing heavily on the glass and looking at them. One of the women made a shooting motion with her hands, and told Allen to leave through the window. The report says Allen started screaming expletives and said he was being treated that way because he was black.

The report says Allen left the store briefly, but returned and screamed “Remember El Paso? What if I brought a gun back and shot up everyone in here?”

At that time, a manager attempted to calm Allen down and asked him to leave, saying she wanted him arrested and charged for the incident.

A pre-trial conference for Allen is set for Aug. 22 at 8:30 a.m.

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