Two people were arrested on conspiracy and gun charges after a chaotic confrontation at The Cheesecake Factory sent patrons scurrying for cover Sunday.
Walnut Creek officers were called to the restaurant around 5:00 p.m. after receiving a report of a man with a gun, police said in a prepared release. Upon arrival, officers detained several people without incident and determined the altercation was a targeted act.
Taken into custody were 21-year-old Lauren Lopez and 20-year-old Joshua Miles, both from San Francisco, police said. During a fight between several customers, Miles brandished a gun registered to Lopez. After the scene was secured, police canvassed the area and located a bag hidden in a water fountain next to the table where the couple had been eating. Found inside was a loaded Glock handgun with two extra magazines, as well as a wallet belonging to one of those arrested.
Charges against the pair include possession of a firearm and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Despite several recent notable events in Walnut Creek, police said, crime rates have remained very consistent over the past five years. Police Chief Jamie Knox said: “We understand that even a few incidents can be disturbing. That’s why our Police Department has stepped up downtown patrols recently during weekends, increasing visibility and enhancing public safety.”