, Salem, MA

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January 23, 2014

Police: Man threatens Social Security office employees

SALEM — Police said a local man threatened employees at the Social Security office on Federal Street midday yesterday after he was told he didn’t have the proper paperwork with him to have his Social Security benefits reinstated.

Salem police have issued an arrest warrant for Christopher Thomas, 27, on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250 and threats to commit a crime.

Thomas entered the office sometime before noon, attempting to have his benefits reinstated, but when a staff member informed him he didn’t have the paperwork to do so, he became agitated and began to shout obscenities at the employees, police said.

Thomas then began flailing his arms and cursing at the staff member.

A security officer ordered Thomas to leave the office, after which Thomas pointed his finger at both the staff member and the security officer in a threatening manner and shouted, “I’m going to come back after you,” police said.

The two employees then observed Thomas kicking and punching the wall after he exited the office into the hallway area. The wall had a hole that was approximately 2 feet by 6 inches, with a long crack about 4 feet tall, police said.

Police attempted to locate Thomas in the area but could not find him.

Based on probable cause, police have issued a warrant for Thomas’s arrest on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250 and threats to commit a crime.

Terri Ogan can be reached at 978-338-2660, via email at or on Twitter @terriogan.




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