Man arrested for threatening AEP worker with gun

41-year-old Benito Ramirez

An American Electric Power (AEP) employee was working on a power meter at a Brownsville home when an upset homeowner came outside with a pistol in his hand.

The AEP worker was assigned to perform a meter check at the house on the 9000 block of Laguna Seca.

He had been working a total of five minutes when the homeowner walked up to him with the gun.

He explained that he was working for AEP and asked the man why he had a gun in his hand.

The homeowner replied to the AEP employee in Spanish that he did not knock on his door first, and he had no permission to enter his property.

He also said he can shoot anyone with the gun if he wants to.

The worker, feeling threatened, feared for his safety. He left the area leaving his tools and work unfinished.

A Cameron County Sheriff deputy went out to the home the same day to speak to the homeowner.

The man identified himself as Benito Ramirez and told the deputy he was upset because his television flickered when the AEP worker was checking the power meter.

The deputy asked where the man TMs gun was and he told him in the chicken coop outside his home.

He found the pistol loaded and chambered with ammunition hidden inside a cubical.

The 41-year-old was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Ramirez was taken to Cameron County Jail and his bond is set at $50,000.