A woman who had been searching a dumpster behind a south Lincoln restaurant Sunday night threatened an employee with a handgun, police said Tuesday. 

Earlier that night, the woman accused employees at Salsarita's Fresh Mexican Grill, just off 27th Street and Yankee Hill Road, of stealing her purse, Officer Angela Sands said. 

The woman said she had left her purse by the dumpster earlier in the day, and it was no longer there. 

Employees didn't know what she was talking about, Sands said. 

The woman lingered for a while then went out and began digging in the dumpster, she said. 

Restaurant employees called police to report the woman's suspicious behavior, Sands said. 

As one employee was leaving for the night, the woman pulled out a handgun and pointed it toward the employee, who then immediately drove off and reported the behavior, Sands said. 

Police Tuesday had only a general description of the woman. 

 

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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