Arizona Man Draws Gun On Black DoorDash Driver, Demands Proof Of Order
“I think it was a racial thing," the delivery person said.
May 27, 2020 at 8:25 pm
An Arizona man has been arrested and charged after he held a Black DoorDash delivery person at gunpoint on Sunday, CNN reported.
The deliveryman, Dimitri Mills, had just arrived at a customer's apartment complex in Mesa, Arizona, when the suspect, identified by police as Valentino Tejada, pointed a loaded gun at Mills, according to 12 News.
"When I exited my vehicle, he had his gun drawn to me," Mills said. "I knocked on the customer's door and let her know that her order was outside and that we need help because a guy had pulled a gun out on me."
Witnesses to the incident said they saw Tejada "holding a handgun and telling the victim to stop 'stalking him.'"
In a video of the incident, Tejada can be heard asking, "Hey, what's the order number?"
Mills' girlfriend, who was sitting in the car, responds, "It's 355."
According to CNN, the 24-year-old told Tejada that he was only delivering food to a customer and had no bad intentions. However, Tejada told police that Mills' car almost hit him in the parking lot and he subsequently grabbed his gun.
"He was like, 'No, no, no, you're stalking,'" Mills said.
Despite Tejada's allegations, "no witnesses were identified to corroborate his statement," CNN reported.
Mills' girlfriend called police during the altercation.
After Mills dropped the food off for the customer, he said Tejada blocked his car in the parking lot and refused to let him leave.
"The guy was in between me and the car and wouldn't let me go past him," Mills said.
When police arrived, Tejada dropped the gun after being ordered to do so. He later told police that he pointed the gun at the ground and not at Mills.
“I think it was a racial thing," Mills said. "I don’t think it was mental health because I was telling the guy, 'Here, dude, this is what's going on. Calm down, lower your weapon,' and he's past that."
Tejada was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct involving weapons, 12 News reported.
"We want to get justice in this case, and we want to make sure this person is prosecuted to the fullest," Mills' attorney Benjamin Taylor told CNN.