Denver cab driver mistakes Italian gun executive for terrorist, calls police

Posted on: 9:28 pm, May 18, 2013, by , updated on: 05:47pm, May 22, 2013

By: Hendrik Sybrandy

EDITORS NOTE: FOX31 Denver has since learned that the source in the story below fabricated her story. No Perazzi executive was in Denver, nor questioned by authorities. Read our updated story here

DENVER — An executive with a prominent gun manufacturer is on his way back to his native Italy after a taxi driver mistook him for a terrorist on Saturday.

Daniele Perazzi took a cab to the Colorado Gun Collectors Association trade show at the Denver Merchandise Mart around noon.

He had seven shotguns at the time and apparently the guns scared Perazzi’s cab driver who called police and told them he’d just dropped off a terrorist.

Perazzi was taken in for questioning by law enforcement, but was released a short time later.

Perazzi’s U.S. attorney told FOX31 Denver that her client was scared during the incident because he’s not familiar with U.S. gun laws and thought he’d done something wrong.

She said legal action is a possibility in the future.

Perazzi is president of the Italian company Perazzi shotguns. The company is known for making hunting and sporting models of shotguns.

Just this past week, some Denver taxi drivers were honored for reporting incidents while on duty.

A program called Taxis on Patrol (TOPS) encourages cabbies to report suspicious activity while they’re on the clock.