An Abingdon man has been charged after creating a disturbance at a Bel Air 7-Eleven store Friday, which prompted a response by multiple officers.
Melvin Eugene Williams Jr., 39, has been charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey and second-degree assault, according to a statement on the Bel Air Police Department Facebook page. Three calls were placed to 911 late Friday morning; the incident was reported as an attempted robbery, according to police.
Officers found Williams behind the checkout counter when they arrived at the 306 S. Main St. store at 11:44 a.m., according to the statement. He did not comply with their commands, but officers were able to approach him and take him into custody without incident, and no one was injured. Police suspect Williams was under the influence of PCP at the time, according to the BAPD statement.
Cpl. Alex McComas, of the Bel Air Police Department, was the first of seven officers to arrive on the scene after the first 911 call was received at 11:39 a.m. McComas told The Aegis that Williams did not say anything, but he “stood there [with a] blank stare, not responding to any commands."
Police interviewed witnesses inside and outside the 7-Eleven. Witness statements, as well as a review of security camera footage, indicated that Williams did not try to take anything, so he does not face any robbery charges, according to the police statement.
The convenience store is in the busy shopping center at South Main Street and Fulford Avenue, along with Looney’s Pub, Margherita Pizza and ZIPS Dry Cleaners. A handful of police vehicles were in the parking lot, lights flashing, as lunchtime patrons went about their business Friday.
Police Chief Charles Moore was at the scene, and one shopping center patron told him, “Good job,” upon learning that officers had the suspect in custody.
Seven Bel Air Police officers responded to the incident, including detectives and Officer Nick Rhodes, a school resource officer assigned to Bel Air Middle School, as he was in the area at the time, according to McComas.
Police did not deploy any weapons as they approached the suspect, McComas said.
“We were able to get close enough to take him into custody within incident,” he said.
Williams was taken to the Harford County Detention Center, according to police. He was being held on $2,500 bond as of Saturday, and he has a bail review scheduled for Tuesday in the Harford County District Court in Bel Air, according to online court records.
This story may be updated.