BY KEN LITTLE
A Greeneville restaurant employee who was trying to give three men a ride to their hotel early Sunday had a gun put to the back of his neck, police Officer Eddie Short said in a report.
Police responded about 12:20 a.m. Sunday to the Montederrey Restaurant, 3545 East Andrew Johnson Hwy., on a report of an assault.
The manager told police that three Hispanic men came into the business, sat in a booth and consumed three pitchers of beer before they "began to argue," the report said.
The manager asked the men to calm down. He told police they were "afraid to leave because they had been drinking," the report said.
The manager told the men he would have someone drive them to their nearby hotel, and asked an employee "to get them in their truck and attempt to drive them (there)," the report said.
The employee told the officer that he got in the truck and began to pull out of the restaurant parking lot when one of the men "told him they were going to kill the other Hispanic male with them."
The employee drove around to the door of the restaurant and told the men he was going to the bathroom.
At that point, the man sitting behind him in the truck "pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, pushed the clip in it and racked the slide and put it (in the) back of his neck," the report said.
The man with the gun told the employee he "was not going anywhere," the report said.
The employee told the man to remove the gun from his neck. The man started to do so and dropped the gun.
"This is when he jumped out of the truck and ran into the restaurant and told the manager what happened," the report said.
The Ford F-350 truck had the name of a construction company painted on the side. The man who was targeted by the other two told officers they were from the Asheville area of North Carolina.
Arrest warrants are on file at the Greene County Sheriff's Department.