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Not-so-happy meal ends behind bars

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One Albuquerque man was apparently not lovin’ it.

The 34-year-old is accused of pulling a gun on a McDonald’s employee at the drive-up window after she got his order wrong Thursday.

Estevan Gonzalez

Estevan Gonzalez was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors have filed a motion to detain Gonzalez until trial, saying his actions show “he is an extremely dangerous person.”

“(Gonzalez) not only put the victim’s life in danger, but he did it over a trivial slight – getting the wrong order from McDonald’s,” the motion says. “No one should have to live in fear of being threatened with a gun while they are at their job. Nor should the community live in fear of witnessing a crime while trying to get food through a drive-thru.”

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court:

Police responded to the McDonald’s near 98th and Central SW after a female employee called 911 to report that a man had pulled a gun on her “because he was upset about his order.”

Officers tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle, which was still in the drive-through lane when they showed up, but suspect drove away. A police helicopter followed the vehicle to a neighborhood a few miles south, where the driver parked in a cul-de-sac.

Officers surrounded the vehicle and took the driver, Gonzalez, into custody.

He told police he was scared and “he was only trying to get a hamburger” before refusing to answer questions and asking for a lawyer.

The McDonald’s worker identified Gonzalez as the unhappy customer and told police he first pulled through the drive-through lane to say he had gotten the wrong order.

The employee said she fixed the order and Gonzalez left but then drove back to the window and pointed a black handgun at her. She told police she was in fear for her life and ran to the back of the McDonald’s and called 911.

Officers got security camera footage that showed Gonzalez holding a gun as he argued with the employee through the window.

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