Man charged with threatening family at McDonalds in Bradenton with a gun

HERALD STAFF REPORTOctober 28, 2013 

Jesuraja Mookiah

Man charged with threatening family at McDonalds in Bradenton

MANATEE -- A family waiting to pick up their order in the right drive-thru lane of the McDonalds restaurant at 4711 14th St. W., in Bradenton got a shock at 3:15 p.m. Sunday when they allowed a car in the left drive-thru lane to go ahead of them, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

A 41-year-old man waiting for his order in the car behind the family began honking his horn and held up a silver handgun while yelling at the family, "I'm gonna ---- you up!"

The family said that even though the rage suspect, later identified as Jesuraja Mookiah , never pointed the gun at them they initially had their windows down and were in fear for their lives, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

A member of the family called 911, the report states.

Five minutes later, a deputy stopped a small dark blue SUV, described by the family as the suspect's vehicle.

After approaching Mookiah, the deputy asked Mookiah where he was coming from and Mookiah held up a bag of food from McDonalds, the report states.

A family member from the victim's car was taken to the blue SUV and positively identified both the vehicle and Mookiah as being involved in the handgun incident, according to the report.

Deputies found a magazine for a .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun in the center console of the blue SUV. The magazine was loaded with six live rounds of ammunition. A semiautomatic, silver, .380 Bersa handgun was under the storage compartment, the report states.

Mookiah requested his attorney to be present during questioning after he was charged with aggravated assault.

Mookiah was being held Monday without bond in the Manatee County jail, according to the jail website.

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