After Nicholas Claxton, 23, was fired from his job at the Maya del Sol restaurant in the Oak Park neighborhood of Chicago on July 23, police say he sent some threatening photos to his former employer. According to Chicago police, on July 28 Claxton sent restaurant owner Anan Abu-Taleb a photo of himself in a ballistic vest (below,) wearing night vision goggles and holding a shotgun. He also allegedly sent photos of ammunition and the body armor panels that line ballistic armor.
After receiving the photos, Abu-Taleb filed a police report, fearing for the safety of himself, his employees and patrons. Police searched Claxton’s home, where they allegedly found a sawed-off shotgun, sling and buckshot, as well as a 12 gauge signal gun, military grade ballistics vest, gun cleaning kit and night-vision goggles. Claxton was charged with one of count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and one count of cyberstalking. He is currently on probation for a prior felony conviction for unlawful use of a weapon, so he will also be facing the consequences associated with violating his probation terms.