BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A 43-year-old Baton Rouge man is behind bars after allegedly entering an Old Hammond Highway gas station Wednesday night, engaging in loud arguments with a clerk as well as clientele, and then threatening to “go get his chopper,” which is believed to mean he planned to arm himself with a gun.

According to an official report on the incident, deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) identified the suspect as Gerald Wells.

EBRSO says Wells walked into the gas station’s store shortly before 10:30 p.m. and accused a woman inside of using drugs before arguing with and threatening both the clerk and another customer by saying he was going to go get his “chopper.”

The report says when Wells exited the store, a woman followed him outside with her phone in hopes of getting a picture of his license plate. The document adds that the woman was afraid Wells was going to his vehicle to get his “chopper,” or gun. At this point, Wells allegedly grabbed the phone from the woman and threw it across the parking lot.

When deputies arrived, they spoke with people who’d witnessed the incident and based on these accounts, Wells was arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges that include disturbing the peace / violent & tumultuous manner and simple assault.