PLAINVILLE - A woman arrested in May in connection with a Burger King employee allegedly threatening to shoot up the Plainville McDonald’s has been granted a program.
Sara Hickman, 40, was granted Acceleration Rehabilitation during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday. The program requires her to avoid further arrests, stay out of the Plainville McDonald’s and initiate no contact with the victim during a probationary period.
If Hickman is successful, charges of second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace will be dropped.
Sara Hickman and her son, Elijah Hickman, 22, were both arrested May 6 and charged with making threats while inside the Maple Street McDonald’s during an incident on May 3. Elijah Hickman faces charges of first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.
According to the arrest warrant, a supervisor at McDonald’s sent an employee home on May 3 because she was complaining about having to sweep and do other tasks around the restaurant. The employee then returned to the restaurant around 5 p.m. with her brother, Elijah Hickman, who at the time worked at the Kensington Burger King, and her mother, Sara Hickman.
The supervisor told police both Hickmans threatened violence toward her, according to the warrant. She also said Elijah Hickman threatened to “shoot this place up,” the warrant said.
The mother-son duo was escorted out of the restaurant, and police were called. No injuries were reported.
According to Sara Hickman’s attorney, Richard Cramer, she is “embarrassed and ashamed” of what happened. Cramer maintained during Wednesday’s hearing that his client did not threaten anyone. He said she used foul language, and believes threats allegedly made by her son were confused with what she was saying, as the two were both talking at the same time.
Cramer also said his client, just prior to the incident, had been told by her daughter that her supervisor abused her.
“You just shouldn’t have to go into a restaurant and see an event like that happen,” Judge John Cronan said before granting the program Wednesday.
Cronan told Sara Hickman that what happened was likely not just scary for the employee who was yelled at and allegedly threatened, but also for the customers.
Elijah Hickman’s case is still pending.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.