Shouting man gets removed from Bangor grocery store

Posted Feb. 02, 2011, at 7:35 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 02, 2011, at 8:01 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A disgruntled man who was yelling obscenities and scaring staff at Shaw’s grocery store Wednesday morning was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for a medical evaluation, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

“There was a disorderly at Shaw’s, but no one was arrested,” he said.

Because the man was not arrested, police did not release his name.

“I can tell you the person ended up going to the hospital for a mental health evaluation,” Edwards said.

An eyewitness to the 7:15 a.m. disturbance said the man, described as about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and in his 30s, was shouting swear words, making threatening statements and demanding that police be called.

“Enough is enough, people are going to die,” the witness recalled the suspect saying. “I’ve had enough of this (expletive deleted). Get the cops here, let’s end it now. I’ve (expletive deleted) had it!”

The eyewitness, who asked not to be identified, is a 53-year-old Bangor man.

“This guy was really loud, he was screaming” inside the store, the witness said.

At one point, the eyewitness spoke to the yelling man.

“I said, ‘Watch your mouth,’” he said, adding that the store manager waved at him at that point indicating that he should not continue to confront the man.

“The manager tried to calm him by telling him the police were on the way,” the witness said.

The disgruntled man, who was pacing back and forth near the cashiers, also took off his coat and threw it at the front window at one point, the witness said.

While paying for his goods, “the woman passing me the money was shaking,” he said.

When the local man left the store at around 7:25 a.m. he met an arriving officer and explained the situation to him.

“I told the cop, this guy is really angry,” he said.

After hearing the yelling man was taken to the hospital, the witness said he was glad he was getting treatment.

“I thought this guy really needs help,” he said.

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