Metropolitan Police officers arrested a man at the Shops at 2000 Penn Wednesday, after the individual chased a customer inside the CVS with a box cutter, according to police documents.
The unnamed suspect was in the cashier line when he asked the complainant to pick up an MP3 player off the rack. The complainant told the suspect he did not work at the store, according to the documents.
The suspect then said, “Don’t play with me,” and pulled out a rectangular silver box cutter. The suspect started chasing the complainant around the store while slashing the box cutter at him and calling him names, police documents said.
The suspect chased the complainant around the store for about 5 to 6 minutes, yelling, “You can’t steal from me! I’m gonna buy something,” according to the documents.
The box cutter made contact with the complainant’s left arm, but did not cut him or his clothing, according to the documents. A witness physically forced the suspect out of the store and the police apprehended him.
The suspect had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a previous probation violation, according to the documents.
CVS employees declined to comment.
This article appeared in the February 28, 2011 issue of the Hatchet.