BAYTOWN—We're hearing about physical threats made inside a Baytown grocery story over a baseball cap one customer was wearing.
Robert Floyd and his two young children were threatened with their lives all because of the baseball cap he was wearing.
"He was wearing a baseball cap with the words I.C.E. on it standing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement," Lt.Eric Freed, Baytown Police Dept.
Floyd was at a Food Town grocery store standing in the checkout line with his 8-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter. Another customer behind Floyd started throwing insults about the cap. Floyd ignored the insults but the nasty words turned into threats.
"He started being belligerent and I reached for my back pocket to get my wallet and he said are you reaching to get a gun? I'll kill you and your kids too," said Floyd
His children were terrified. Floyd paid for his groceries and called Baytown police.
"It's a hot topic right now and it's in the media," said Lt. Freed, talking about the latest I.C.E. raids in Houston. "People are aware that the raids are taking place."
Lt. Freed said they take the threat very serious. It is a felony to pretend to be an officer but it's not a crime to wear gear supporting law enforcement agencies.
"My mom is an ex police officer so I wear it out of respect," said Floyd. "It was a gift."
The cap was a gift from a friend who is an I.C.E. officer. Floyd never thought his family's life would be threatened because of it.
"My oldest daughter would not go to sleep last night," said Floyd. "She was scared they were going to hurt me."
Police officers are aware anyone can purchase novelty law enforcement apparel just about anywhere. They do want to warn people who own the gear to be cautious."
"If you do wear something that has a police emblem on it you will be getting extra attention whether you want it or not," said Lt. Freed.
Floyd feels he shouldn't be judged for what he wears.
Baytown police are hoping to catch the suspect that threatened Floyd and his children. He could face up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.