Man Allegedly Makes Threats in Burger King Drive-Thru


A strange sequence of events unfold at an Evansville Burger King. Police arrested 69-year-old James Madden around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday after witnesses say he threatened to kill two customers at the Burger King on N. Main St.

Witnesses tell Evansville Police the alleged victims, brothers Lawrence and Clifford Tevis, were inside the restaurant enjoying a meal. That’s when Madden allegedly came through the drive-thru and told the manager he was going to kill the Tevis brothers.

The manager told the two men about the threat. When they left the restaurant, the brothers say Madden came after them with a hammer and chased them around the parking lot. Police say Lawrence Tevis told officer he was able to punch Madden and get the hammer away from him.

When police arrived, Madden said he never threatened to kill the two men. But officers say while in the police cruiser,  Madden talked about “getting them into the grave or the hospital”, saying he would have “somebody else hurt them” and said the brothers would be “sorry when he was done with them.”

Officers later found narcotics on Madden. He is charged with intimidation, use of a deadly weapon, and possession of narcotics.

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