Sheriff: Kitchen worker tried using gas to threaten co-worker

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EDWARDS, Colo. – Eagle County man arrested following a verbal altercation with co-worker which sheriff’s claim he was going to settle with the use of gasoline.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Henry’s Chinese Café located on Main Street on July 9 at about 6:15 p.m. when two kitchen staff got into an argument.

During the investigation, three 5-gallon containers were discovered that each had about two inches of gasoline in them prior to the restaurant manager pouring out the flammable liquid.

Officials say Roberto Diaz Estrada, 41, admitted to bringing the gas into the restaurant.

Estrada said he was, “going to make the other employee think that he was going to throw the gasoline on him in order to scare him”. According to Estrada, he thought the threat of being doused in gasoline would encourage his co-worker to be quiet as the man quite often tried to offend and upset him in the kitchen.

Estrada was arrested for felony menacing and misdemeanor reckless endangerment since he placed other employees and customers at risk of injury according to sheriff officials.

After being transported to the Eagle County Detention Facility, Estrada is being held on $2,500 bond as well as an ICE hold.

If you have any information about the suspects or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500.