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Raleigh Mechanic Says Customer Threatened Him With Shotgun

Posted October 12, 2007 12:34 a.m. EDT
Updated October 12, 2007 8:41 a.m. EDT

— A man is facing criminal charges after a Raleigh auto mechanic accused him of pulling out a shotgun during a dispute.

Jose Ascencio, owner of Amigo Auto on New Bern Avenue, said he fixed Nicholas Alston's car on Oct. 2. Alston later came back to the shop claiming something else was wrong with the vehicle.

When Ascencio refused to fix the vehicle for free, Alston allegedly got very angry. Ascencio said Alston told him, 'You don't want to fix my car right now?'"

When Ascencio refused, he said Alston pulled out a shotgun. Ascencio said he did not back down from Alston.

"Let's go. Kill me. Kill me, but he didn't want to do it," Ascencio said.

Alston, 27, did not shoot anyone and left the shop. Police arrested him on Thursday, and he was released after posting a $1,000 bond. Police charged Alston with a misdemeanor because he did not point the gun at Ascencio.

Alston told WRAL that he pulled out the shotgun because Ascencio was holding a screwdriver and he felt threatened.