Even crazy people are far less dangerous when they don't have a gun.
I wonder if he's the owner of the local glass company...
Man runs wild with hammer at mall
Published Dec 8, 2011 at 9:30 pm (Updated Dec 8, 2011)
NEWINGTON NH — Mayhem erupted when a man ran through the Fox Run Mall
Thursday, smashing display cases and glass storefronts with a hammer as
he babbled incoherently, police and witnesses said.
Only one person was injured by falling glass, but witnesses described a
chaotic scene in which some people feared a gunman was on the loose.
Michael Williams, 34, of Dover, was arrested without incident inside the
mall for felony criminal mischief.
The ruckus began at Kay Jewelers around 4:45 p.m., when the man smashed
several display cases, none of which broke because they are safety
glass. He then sprinted to nearby jewelry store Pandora, where he
succeeded in bashing in numerous display cases as employees screamed and
huddled in a back room, said Peter Gerges, who works at a nearby kiosk
and watched the scene unfold.
The man even told Pandora’s employees not to worry, Gerges said. “He’s
like, ‘Don’t panic ladies, I’m not gonna hurt no one,’” Gerges said. As
the smashing began, some people panicked, said Matt Pilar, who works at
the shoe store Journeys. “There were people down there that were
screaming and dropping down because they thought it was gunfire,” he
Joe Allen, an employee at the T-Mobile kiosk next to Kay, said he and
several others chased the man as he smashed display cases at Zales
before he ran through the mall and slipped in front of Pretzel Time.
Allen said he and three others surrounded the man as he got up from the
spill and reacted wildly.
“He’s just swinging it around,” Allen said of the hammer.
The man then walked over and smashed windows at Sleep Number, Yankee
Candle, Motherhood Maternity and The Limited before sitting down on a
bench outside Victoria’s Secret and tossing the claw hammer aside, Allen
“He said, ‘You can call me God,’” Allen said of the man.
Fire Chief Dale Sylvia said all seven stores affected have been shut
down for safety reasons and won’t be allowed to reopen until they’ve
been inspected. Glass was strewn everywhere at The Limited and
Motherhood Maternity, where storefronts were obliterated.
Allen said the man was speaking incoherently. He and others tried
unsuccessfully to calm him, he said. “Honestly, I got more scared when
he threw the hammer down and sat down,” Allen said. “I was nervous he
had a gun.”
Newington police Sgt. Tim Stuart said Williams was “cooperative and
polite” as he was arrested. “The gentleman obviously has some issues,”
Stuart said. Allen said that when police arrived, the man told them
everything that just happened. “The cops showed up and he told them
exactly what he did,” Allen said.
“He was just nuts; it’s this time of year, I think.”