Customers at the Horsewood’s Restaurant in Caldwell were panicked Friday night after a Muslim man got up on the bar and yelled, “Allah is the only one true god.” Caldwell Police. Lt. Joey Hoadley tells KTVB that officers were on scene less than two minutes after receiving the call.
KTVB Horsewood’s owners, Jessie and Aaron Horsewood, explain the event as surreal. They say the young man had been sitting in the bar for awhile when he suddenly climbed up on top of the bar, told everyone to be quiet, then started praising Allah.
The Horsewoods say customers immediately bolted out, running to every door in the restaurant. “It was surreal,” Jessie Horsewood said. “There were purses left on chairs, cell phones left on tables.” They say Bell was wearing a backpack and it worried customers that he was carrying a weapon.
The Horsewoods, along with the bartender and several other staff members, pulled the man, Ralmanzow Bell, 21, down from the bar and outside. “All this is going on real fast and I”m just trying to get him away,” Horsewood’s bartender, Christopher Ozuna, told KTVB.
Ozuna ripped Bell’s backpack off and staff members proceeded to tackle Bell to the ground outside, holding him there until police arrived. Police searched Bell’s backpack to find only alcohol inside. Officials say he was then examined at a local hospital and booked into the Canyon County jail. Bell is being charged with disorderly conduct.