Mexican Shopkeep Faces Deportation after Pulling Gun on Customer

A Mexican national with a food market in Idaho is on an immigration hold after pulling a Ruger 9 mm on a customer who tried to return spoiled meat.

Prosecutors charged Gerardo Rivera Salcedo, 42, with felony aggravated assault after he pointed his handgun at a customer. The purchaser initially talked to Salcedo’s wife about getting a refund on the old meat. When she refused to refund, the angry patron knocked over some items in the market as he was leaving the store.

Surveillance video shows Salcedo, the owner of the Campos Market in Nampa, Idaho, grabbing a 9 mm pistol and chasing the customer out the door, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Salcedo told police in Nampa he had an argument with the man, but he then went back into his office. The local newspaper reported the Mexican national also said he ran towards the front of the store after he looked at the security monitor and saw his wife and the customer arguing. Salcedo told authorities he thought she was being assaulted.

Jail records obtained by Breitbart Texas show that Salcedo remains behind bars on Monday facing a charge of aggravated assault. The food market owner appeared in court on Thursday for an arraignment. He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on April 27. The judge set Salcedo’s bond at $20,000, according to local press reports.

Nampa is the largest city in Canyon County and has a population of approximately 81,000 people.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were reported to have put an immigration hold on the Mexican national. Officials did not disclose Salcedo’s precise immigration status.

Idaho is among other states currently considering anti-sanctuary city legislation. In February, a Republican state representative walked back his bill seeking a ban on sanctuary cities after he conferred with “the state’s influential agricultural and dairy industries,” Q13 Fox reported. Rep. Greg Chaney of Caldwell said his bill would now penalize local police agencies that do not enforce federal immigration laws by removing just half of the state sales tax from the offending Idaho cities. He also revised his proposed legislation so that law enforcement officials would not be mandated to check the immigration status of those arrested.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook


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