Man arrested for brandishing gun at Richmond liquor store

LOGAN – A Lewiston man was arrested Tuesday after he showed a handgun while trying to buy alcohol. Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said 42-year-old Matthew Cates entered the State Liquor Store in Richmond and asked to purchase a bottle of liquor.

The store clerk told deputies that Cates was intoxicated.  He took a handgun out of his pocket and placed it on the counter while making the purchase. According to reports there were no threats made with the gun but it did cause alarm.

The clerk completed the purchase and Cates left the store, taking the weapon with him. The clerk was able to write down Cates’ license plate number and vehicle description and give it to responding deputies.

Cates was arrested at his home in Lewiston. Peterson said Cates has a prior criminal record and is not allowed to carry a concealed weapon. He was booked into the Cache County Jail on charges of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony and carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, a class B misdemeanor.

The case has been turned over to the Cache County Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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