COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - "This is for ISIS."
Those were the words 19-year-old Jody Romero allegedly said while pointing a rifle at several people in a Springs Walmart Monday, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by 11 News two days after the reported incident.
The papers state Romero stole a pellet gun from the sporting goods section of the Razorback Road Walmart, discarded the packaging in the aisle, and marched to the front of the store aiming the weapon at shoppers.
On the heels of the deadly shooting at a Thornton Walmart customers and employees were terrified when they saw the suspect tramping through the store with a firearm.
"There was this angry guy just huffing and puffing, and he had a rifle in his hand," Mario Martinez, who was in the store at the time, described to 11 News. "I thought it was just a toy gun until we were on lockdown just a few minutes ago."
The arrest papers credited the employees Monday for knowing what to do in the tense situation.
Martinez said there was no announcement made over the loudspeakers at the store, but employees rushed to take customers to the back of the store.
"They couldn't do it on loudspeaker because they thought the man would be alerted," he said. "The workers came around and got people and brought us in back."
"There were a couple of families in there just praying," Martinez said. "We were just lucky enough that we were on lockdown and stuff and no one was hurt."
The suspect then left the store and walked to the nearby AMC Chapel Hills movie theater, which police said was occupied by "dozens of people."
"The male was contacted and detained seconds before he was able to enter and occupied theater with the gun still in his hands," police wrote in a blotter entry released after the incident.
Police said they didn't know the weapon was a BB gun until they had the suspect in custody because it was "indistinguishable from a true firearm" from far away.
Romero is facing felony menacing charges. He has bonded out of jail.