The roasterie industry has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks as a number of incidents have taken place across the country in which the owners and operators of these facilities have been killed.
While the majority of the cases have been tied to the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, the roasters also face the wrath of the US government for their practices.
According to reports, a number or hundreds of roaster owners have been arrested and charged with multiple crimes ranging from murder to kidnapping.
The latest incident came in Austin, Texas, where a gunman killed three people, including a man who had been working at a roaster that sells the most popular brands of coffee in the country.
The incident came just days after two other roasterings were also reportedly targeted in the state, with the owners of one of them also reportedly arrested and later charged with murder.
According the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the Austin roastery owner who was arrested on Wednesday was accused of being a member of the Aryan Brotherhood and of possessing weapons.
He was also accused of threatening to kill the owner of the second roaster in the area, according to a news release from the Austin Police Department.
According, Austin police also issued an arrest warrant for a man identified as Darnell Jones, who is the owner and operator of the Austin Roasteries and Coffee.
According Jones, he was not present at the time of the incident but was allegedly involved in an altercation that took place in the parking lot of the Roasterie.
Jones has reportedly been charged with the following crimes:Murder in the first degree.
Attempt to commit murder in the second degree.
Murder in the third degree.
Assault on a peace officer.
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Possession of a handgun in a public place.
Possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
Dangerous drug possession in the fourth degree.
Assault with a deadly weapon in the sixth degree.
Robbery in the seventh degree.
Burglary in the eighth degree.
The owner of Austin Roasters and Coffee, who was also arrested on the same charges, is currently being held at the Austin County Jail.
According his arrest warrant, the Roasters alleged that Jones told them that they would be fired if they did not leave their roaster house immediately.
The Roasters owner was also reportedly threatening to “shoot all the people who work there” if they didn’t leave their building within 24 hours.
Jones also reportedly threatened to shoot the owners if they tried to report him to authorities.
In a separate incident in Austin last month, a man was arrested after police found a firearm at his home.
The gun was reportedly stolen from a nearby residence and a handgun was found at the home.
According police, the gun was used in the murder of a 17-year-old boy and was allegedly obtained from a store near the Roasting Plant.