SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Local News

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 togan@salemnews.com or on Twitter @terriogan.

 

 

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Comments Tracker