Man arrested on battery, intimidation charges

A fast-food restaurant employee was arrested last week after police said he held a knife to another employee’s throat and threatened to kill him.

Joseph Wesley Miller, 18, of Trafalgar, was arrested on charges of battery and intimidation.

Miller was working at McDonald’s in Trafalgar on March 6 when he became upset that another employee had been sent home early from his shift and not him, a probable cause affidavit said.

Miller grabbed a knife, and pressed it against the throat of an employee who had suggested that Miller would rather stay and finish his shift. Miller told the employee that, “If you ever do something like that again, I’m going to kill you, do you hear me,” the affidavit said.

The employee Miller threatened, who is under the age of 18, was not harmed, the affidavit said.

When Miller left, he told the employee to wait until Wednesday, when he will be really scared, the affidavit said.

A McDonald’s manager told police that Miller was being fired and was told not to return to the property, the affidavit said.

Miller told Trafalgar police that he had been struggling with personal issues and stress and was seeking help for his angry outbursts, the court document said.

Miller, 703 N. Trafalgar Point Way, Apt. 20, was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail. He was released on $3,000 bond.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2702.