New Britain, CT — A man is in police custody for going on a rampage at Dunkin’ Donuts after being kicked out for loitering.
After being asked to leave, the angry man — who reportedly was a regular customer — came back a short while later with an axe, looking for the two employees who had escorted him out.
The man, identified in multiple news accounts as Wilfred Levine, 63, then jumped the counter and started to demolish the interior of the store. He then went outside and smashed the seven front store windows. There were about 12 customers in the store at the time of the Wednesday afternoon incident.
When New Britain police arrived, Levine reportedly raised his axe at one of the officers in an apparent threatening manner: “The officer drew his weapon and ordered Levine to drop the ax. Levine refused, and officers used a stun gun to subdue him.” Police asked Levine multiple times to put down the weapon before deploying the Taser.
According to one report, Levine was allegedly drunk at the time he was initially asked to leave the Dunkin’ Donuts store and despondent over the recent passing of his wife. No other customers were hurt in the incident fortunately.
For going berserk at Dunkin’ Donuts, Levine is being held on $750,000 bond and faces various charges including criminal attempt to commit assault, criminal attempt to assault police, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, possession of a dangerous weapon, breach of peace, reckless endangerment and interfering with police.
A New Britain police spokesman had this to say about the response to the axe attack on Dunkin’ Donuts: “The officers involved in this incident acted with extreme restraint and the utmost professionalism.The officers employed sound tactics and were able to subdue the suspect without using deadly physical force.”
Watch a local television news report on Wilfred Levine’s axe attack on the New Britain, Conn., Dunkin’ Donuts: