lewiston man arrested after purchasing liquor while displaying handgun

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:39 PM

Standard-Examiner Staff

RICHMOND -- Cache County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a reportedly intoxicated Lewiston man Tuesday after he purchased alcohol at a state liquor store while displaying a handgun to the clerk.

No one was injured in the incident that occurred at 4:45 p.m. and deputies report no threats were made against the clerk, who completed the sale. However, the individual had a criminal record and was not allowed to be in possession of a firearm, the sheriff’s office said.

Arrested was Matthew Cates, 42. He was booked into the Cache County Jail and charged with possession of a firearm by a restrictedperson (3rd degree felony) and carrying a concealed dangerous weapon (class B misdemeanor). The case hasbeen turned over to the Cache County Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

The clerk told deputies the man took a handgun out of his pocket and placed it on the counter while purchasing a bottle of liquor, according to a sheriff’s office press release. The clerk processed the purchase and the man left the store, taking the weapon with him. The clerk obtained a license plate number and vehicle description of the male, which was relayed to responding deputies.

Deputies were able to contact Cates at his place of residence in Lewiston and was taken intocustody without incident and transported to the Cache County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. A small handgun was discovered and taken as evidence.

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