SALEM — A homeless man was arrested outside of Walgreens on Boston Street early Friday morning after causing disruptions at both Walgreens and a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts an hour earlier.
Patrick Corning, 31, homeless, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, being a disorderly person and carrying a dangerous weapon.
Police were called to Dunkin’ Donuts, 64 Boston St., at 5:35 a.m. on a report of an undesirable party “who had been sitting inside the store for a prolonged period without conducting any business,” according to a police narrative of the incident.
Police sent Corning on his way and suggested he head to Lifebridge, an area shelter, to get out of the inclement weather, according to the narrative.
Then, at 6:43 a.m., police were called to Walgreens, 59 Boston St., for another incident connected to Corning, according to police reports.
Corning was rummaging through trash at the store as overnight employees were leaving. Corning was “confrontational, yelling and screaming at them,” said Salem Police Lt. Brian Gilligan.
Gilligan told the News that officers tried to speak with Corning and subsequently attempted to place him under arrest, and he became physically resistive and then verbally assaultive. Ultimately, Corning was placed in custody and found to have a switchblade on him, Gilligan said.
The switchblade, a spring-loaded switchblade, is considered a dangerous weapon in Massachusetts, according to Gilligan.
At no point during the incident did Corning threaten police or inform them of the switchblade, according to Gilligan.