Thieves pull gun on employees who confronted them over break-ins, police say

One man is now behind bars.

ATLANTA — A group of thieves pulled a gun on an employee outside of a popular Midtown restaurant when the employee tried to stop them from breaking into vehicles, police said.

The scary episode occured at Henry's Midtown Tavern on 10th Street on New Year's Eve.

Channel 2's Michael Seiden talked to manager Matthew Maney, who said one of his bartenders spotted three men breaking into cars in the parking lot.

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Maney and the employee went to confront them after finding that the employee's car window was busted in.

"I see my employee start backing up and I guess the guy in the passenger seat pulled a gun on him," Maney said.

Maney got the license plate number. Police said the suspects tried to get away but eventually crashed their car in Atlanta's Grove Park neighborhood.

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Everyone but the driver managed to escape. Police arrested and charged the driver, 23-year-old Naqwan Arnold after they recovered two stolen guns.

Channel 2 Action News dug into his criminal past. According to court records, in 2014, Fulton County prosecutors charged Arnold with murder, but he was never convicted.

In 2017, he pleaded guilty to breaking into a vehicle and stealing a gun in Cobb County.

Last year, he was indicted on six counts for a string of auto burglaries in Brookhaven. A judge allowed him to post bond.

Arnold is now being held without bond.