Man With Hammer And Newington

December 12, 2011 by staff 

Man With Hammer And Newington, 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 said.

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.

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