JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Employees at a Westside car dealership said a man walked in Thursday morning and said he had a gun and wanted to kill gay people.
The incident was reported just after 9 a.m. at Keith Pierson Toyota on Youngerman Circle.
Police said that the man, who is mentally ill, was never armed and was taken into custody. He will be held for mental evaluation, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
The dealership's employees said the man, who News4Jax is not naming, came in and wanted to look at a car but then started talking oddly and said he had a gun.
According to the JSO incident report, the man claimed he was the devil and that Jesus Christ sent him to the dealership. He said he wanted a new car but he wasn't going to pay for it.
The receptionist immediately called police and employees got the few customers who were in the building at the time out safely. Workers from the service department came in and surrounded the man until he left the building.
The employees said they never saw a gun.
Keith Pierson's wife, Claudy, was there at the time.
“He said he didn't have any money but he was going to take the car and that he had a gun and he was going to get the car anyway,” she said. “That's why the sales associate said it was very strange and very out of character. He (also) mentioned that that he wanted to get rid of gay people in the world.”
The man left the dealership, walked down the street and was picked up by police.
The officer who found the man said he appeared disheveled and unkempt and that when he was approached by police he said, “Go ahead and take me. I'm Jesus Christ and God will bail me out.”
Police said the man has been Baker Acted at least four times before in Duval County.