Man displays nude photos at McDonald’s, brandishes scissors, threatens employees

ST. GEORGE — St. George Police arrested a 60-year-old man, later identified as Eldy Westergard, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Saturday after he allegedly threatened McDonald’s employees with a pair of scissors when they confronted him about the pictures of nude women he had on his table while he was enjoying lunch.

Eldy Westergard booking photo posted Dec. 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office
Eldy Westergard, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, booking photo posted Dec. 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Just before 4 p.m., officers responded to the McDonald’s restaurant located at 798 E. St. George Boulevard after receiving reports of a man threatening employees with a pair of scissors, St. George Police Officer Hector Dominguez wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest.

“According to witnesses, (Westergard) had multiple pictures of nude women on his table while he was eating lunch,” Dominguez said in the statement.

When patrons complained to the restaurant manager about the issue, the manager approached Westergard, who allegedly became upset and disorderly, Dominguez said in the statement. Westergard raised his voice and told the McDonald’s manager and another employee to go outside and fight him.

The McDonald’s employees told Westergard she was not going to fight him, Dominguez said, at which point, Westergard pulled out a pair of scissors and pointed them at the employee and moved them in a forward motion towards her.

Both the employee and the manager said they feared for their safety and that they believed their lives were in danger, Dominguez said in the statement. They were also scared for the safety of the McDonald’s customers inside the restaurant at the time, he said.

When officers first responded to the scene, Westergard fled the building, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said. However, once outside, Westergard did not continue to flee and cooperated with the responding officers.

While Westergard’s behavior did appear quite abnormal, Despain said, he is not believed to have been under the influence of any substances at the time.

“As to why he decided to get so upset and threaten those employees, we just don’t know,” Despain said.

Westergard was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He was charged with one class A misdemeanor for threatening with a dangerous weapon in a fight or quarrel and an infraction for disorderly conduct. His bail is set at $5,000.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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24 Comments

  • Joe Smith December 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Brian Hyde would say that too many government regulations are the cause of this man’s behavior. His liberty was infringed upon. No big gubmunt should be able to tell a man when a where he can view his nudie photos.

    • Doh Nut December 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      I think he could be Bryan’s cousin!

    • Slim December 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      I don’t think you are qualified to speak on Brian’s behalf. Also, I’m quite sure he would not be thinking along those lines you quoted either.
      My only comments are that the suspect was there “enjoying” lunch. I think at Mcdonald’s you would be “having” lunch. To enjoy lunch, one would have to be at Cafe Rio, Black Bear Diner, Pepper’s or some place like that.
      Why would he have scissors? Was he preparing to do a craft project or scrap booking there on the table. Hmmm, ya just never know.

      • ladybugavenger December 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

        Its Bryan with a y not to be confused with Brian with an i. Maybe they used “enjoying” because he was looking at nude photos – enjoying his lunch

        • Koolaid December 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm

          Maybe he was trying to put a little happy to his meal. In these child friendly fast food joints, I’ve seen women wearing tight leggings that leave little to the imagination of nudity. Who needs a magazine?

        • Hillary December 15, 2014 at 8:49 pm

          Y or an I. “AT THIS POINT, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE”

          • laytonian December 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

            Give it up. THINKING people know what “context” means.
            We also know that Congress found NO fault in the killings.

      • Festus December 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm

        He was cutting out his favorite naked lady pictures… Duh…

        • KOOLAID December 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

          He was scrap booking.

      • mo ferguson December 16, 2014 at 9:51 am

        Café Rio is stretching a bit…..if you want authentic Mexican cuisine, go to Don Pedros or Coyote Charro.

  • ladybugavenger December 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Is that a New Mexico thing?

  • DesertBill December 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    He did not continue to “flee.”

    • Chris December 16, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      But, as the author says, he may have continued to “flea.” They sell powder and collars for that.

  • sagemoon December 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Freak show! Dang perverts.

  • Tater Salad December 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Nah I think it’s more of a Nude Mexico thing

  • mo ferguson December 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I bet he thought he was in Vegas.

  • mkoker December 15, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Alzheimer’s…. Did anyone consider he might be sick with the horrible illness???

  • Anothermom December 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    So when he bails out does he get his pictures back? I surprised he wasn’t charged with porn material around kids.

  • ladybugavenger December 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Nope, never considered illness….but, he can use that as his defense. If only, he had access to st George news comments, he could avoid prosecution by alzheimers

  • Koolaid December 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    According to this report, sounds like this guy fits right in with the Utah lifestyle: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705288350/Utah-No-1-in-online-porn-subscriptions-report-says.html?pg=all

  • HERD December 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

    In Hurricane, a guy was seen cutting out pictures of horses.

  • GladImNotWhite December 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I heard that this guy goes by the handle ZONKERB, I think that is the reason for the lack of comments from that guy.

    • My Evil Twin December 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Nah, Zonk-The-Donk keeps changing his user name, but his retarded posts are still easy to recognize. He may change his name, but he can’t change the fact that he is a sorry, self centered little snot nose brat, with a lower mentality than your average rock.

  • Youranus Smelly December 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    He may fit in but KOOLAID don’t be no fitting in, I saw them pics on the table I couldn’t make out the complete wording. But I did see the OO next together the more I stared the more it became clear. With them bent over it said K OO LAID. For everyone’s info KOOLAID has brown rings around his eyes

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