Thursday Mar 18 2010
Armed pizza worker who made threats heads to North Auburn court appearance Friday
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
An ex-Round Table Pizza employee was set to be arraigned Friday on charges connected with threats against a worker that touched off a manhunt and emergency closure Wednesday of the Auburn Town Center. Brian Michael Scarbrough, 23, was arrested without a struggle about a mile from where Auburn Police said he is alleged to have showed a .45 caliber handgun to a Town Center employee early Wednesday. In the wake of the incident, a spokeswoman for the Town Center Round Table franchise owner said that it has taken steps to ensure its employees are emotionally and mentally healthy and that customers continue to feel safe and welcome at the restaurant. “The customers are fine,” said Teri Ernandes of franchise owner Sisco Enterprises. “And there have been no interruptions in business.” Scarbrough is being held on $100,000 bail at the Placer County Jail in North Auburn on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, criminal threats and receiving stolen property. All are felony charges. Ernandes also said the Chico-based Sisco Enterprises was “very pleased” with steps taken by law enforcement in the incident. Scarbrough is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Friday at the Placer County Jail courtroom on Richardson Drive in North Auburn. At that time, formal charges will be read in connection with an early morning incident at the Elm Avenue center near Downtown Auburn that escalated into a major police action involving a SWAT team and assistance from the California Highway Patrol helicopter. Ernandes confirmed that Scarbrough, who has no fixed address, was a former Round Table employee but she declined to discuss the circumstances surrounding his departure and when it took place. Auburn Police said a merchant had reported Scarbrough displayed but not brandished a gun. That had followed threats to employees at the center, Auburn Police Capt. John Ruffcorn said. Scarbrough was taken into custody in the vicinity of Auburn Ravine Road and Shockley Road at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. A .45 caliber handgun was also recovered. The center, which includes Save-Mart and CVS Pharmacy stores, was closed off to the public after the potential for violence was reported at 1 a.m. Wednesday. It re-opened late Wednesday morning.