Man arrested for damaging shop and dozing people with fire extinguisher | Crime and courts

WATERLOO — Police have arrested a man who allegedly destroyed a store and doused employees with a fire extinguisher.

John Edward Thompson, 60, of 412 Rhey Street, was arrested on Thursday for first-degree criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and two counts of assault. Bail was set at $18,000.

Authorities allege Thompson walked into Independence Food and Liquor, 1761 Independence Ave., around 1:40 a.m. on September 2 and went behind the counter where he knocked bottles of liquor off the shelves. He also broke a glass cooler door and threw objects at workers and a customer, court records show.

Thompson allegedly doused two people with a fire extinguisher and threw glass bottles at one of them, which cut off his hands.

Damage to the store and merchandise was estimated at over $10,000.

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Court records show Thompson was placed on probation in July on burglary charges stemming from a December incident where he allegedly broke into a Lafayette Street home and assaulted a person inside.

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