A 21-year-old man is accused of acting erratically while wielding a machete inside a Kenner McDonald’s, forcing the restaurant to clear out its customers and employees, officials said.
Edward Hayes was arrested after violating a Kenner ordinance for illegal carrying of weapons and disturbing the peace, the Kenner Police Department said.
Investigators said the incident involving Hayes was reported Tuesday at the McDonald’s at 3103 Loyola Drive.
Hayes came into the restaurant, walked to the back and sat a booth, officials said.
He left moments later.
Officials said Hayes returned with a large slender object, wrapped in a shirt, in his hand.
One of the employees alerted the manager, thinking that the object was possibly a shotgun, police said. Investigators said that when Hayes came in, he had the object hidden under his arm.
Investigators said Hayes approached the counter, asked for a cup of water and sat toward the back of the restaurant.
The manager watched Hayes from surveillance cameras, seeing the object still wrapped in the shirt and on the table.
One of the employees cleaning tables near Hayes spotted what they believed to be the handle of a shotgun protruding from under the shirt, police said.
Hayes stood up from the table, threw the cup of water down and began acting erratically, officials said.
While calling 911, the manager told customers to leave and had employees exit from the back door, police said.
Another 911 call was made about a man with a shotgun at the McDonald’s, officials said.
Hayes went to the counter as customers and employees exited and ran out the door, police said. Officers arrived just as Hayes was leaving, and took him into custody.
Police later determined the object was a 24-inch-long machete.
Investigators are uncertain what Hayes’ motive was in the incident.
Additional details were not released.