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Frederick man charged with assault on Mount Airy Walmart employee

Frederick man charged with assault on Mount Airy Walmart employee
Edried Spencer (Courtesy Photo)

A Frederick man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly struck an employee at the Mount Airy Walmart during a confrontation over allegedly unpaid-for merchandise.

Edried Richard Thomas Spencer, 28, was charged with four counts including robbery and second-degree assault. He was released on $2,500 bail, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of probable cause, Mount Airy police responded to the store Tuesday evening. They determined that Spencer had left with approximately $500 worth of merchandise when a manager approached him in the parking lot and asked to see his receipt. Spencer did not respond and continued to leave.

The manager attempted to retrieve the merchandise and Spencer pushed him, according to the statement, and when the manager attempted to do so again, Spencer punched him in the face before fleeing with several items.

Spencer was later located by police and said that the store policy is that employees cannot touch him and that was why the manager got hit. A crack pipe was located on his person, according to the statement.

No contact number was listed for Spencer in charging documents. A preliminary hearing was deferred, according to electronic court records.

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