Fairfield man allegedly threatens to ‘run business into the ground’

A 27-year-old Fairfield man demanded in person to speak with an employee at Gold Star Chili, then an hour later allegedly threatened to “run the business into the ground” if he couldn’t talk with her.

He also pretended to be an attorney.

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According to police, Andrew Smith, of Fairfield Business Drive, walked into Gold Star Chili on Dixie Highway on Tuesday and demanded to speak with a female employee. The owner of the store said that employee was not able to talk and had contacted the police.

“She said that he walked away and began mumbling cuss words,” according to the report. “He then stood outside of the business and proceeded to give her the middle finger.”

An hour after he walked into the building, Smith allegedly called the business. The owner told the employee who answered to activate the speaker phone. He was told the employee he wanted to speak with was busy. That’s when he “threatened to ‘run the business in the ground’ if he couldn’t speak with her.”

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Smith also allegedly pretended to be a lawyer on the phone “and said that he was not Andrew but that he was calling for Andrew,” according to a police report.

Smith was arrested for criminal trespass and telecommunications harassment, both misdemeanors.

He was arraigned in Fairfield Municipal Court on May 23. A $3,000 bond was set and he is scheduled to next appear in court June 6.

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