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Old 02-17-2011, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dell Staff Arrested Over 'Gunman' Publicity Stunt

A couple of Dell employees were arrested earlier this week after a publicity stunt went awry.


It was a wildly eventful Valentine’s Day over at the Dell campus in Round Rock, Texas as a SWAT team was called in to deal with what workers claimed was a masked gunman roaming the halls. At 10:45 a.m., police began receiving calls and panic from inside the Dell building about reported sightings of a masked and armed man inside restricted-access areas.

City of Round Rock reports the suspect was seen rushing about the building dressed in dark clothing and wearing a skull-patterned mask to hide his face. He was also waving metallic objects and shouting “go to the lobby.” These scenes were seen by more than 400 people who, naturally, thought something was actually going down.

Shortly before 11 a.m., a team of 24 heavily-armed police officers entered the building. However, what they found was not an armed gunman, but a couple of members of the sales team who were taking part in a secret product-promotion stunt. One of the men, named Daniel Rawson, identified himself as management but refused to comply with officers’ requests for more information. The ‘gunman,’ who identified himself as Bryan A. Chester, was apparently apologetic about the whole thing and explained the situation to police, assuring them he posed no threat to other employees.

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