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DA: Wakefield man threatened to ‘blow up’ Boston Primark store, bit a policeman – Boston News, weather, sport

By meerna Jun12,2024

BOSTON (WHDH) – A Wakefield man has been charged with threatening to “blow up” a Primark clothing store in Boston’s Downtown Crossing and then biting a police officer, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Williams Rodriguez-Juarez, 24, was arraigned Monday and a judge set bail at $500. The district attorney’s office said that on June 8 at approximately 4:42 p.m., Boston police called Primark at 10 Summer St. and stated that Rodriguez-Juarez “caused a disturbance” and shouted at store employees.

He was in the loading dock – an area designated exclusively for employees – and when employees asked him to leave, Rodriguez-Juarez responded by yelling, screaming and making “inappropriate statements of a sexual nature” to employees and customers, the prosecutor said.

“Rodriguez-Juarez then became aggressive and tried to leave the store with merchandise, threatening to ‘blow the place up,'” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

He then attacked the security guard, putting his hands behind his back and shouting “you have to arrest him,” according to the office.

The prosecutor’s office said that when police told Rodriguez-Juarez to let the guard go, he kicked and shoved officers. During his arrest, Rodriguez-Juarez allegedly bit a police officer on the left arm, drawing blood. Then, the emergency medical team that arrived at the scene examined the bitten officer.

Rodriguez-Juarez then kicked, twisted and pushed his body against the police officers who were escorting him, the district attorney’s office said.

He was charged with armed robbery, threatening to plant a bomb or kidnap, assault and battery on a police officer, strangulation or strangulation, trespassing, resisting arrest and three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon – shoeing the foot.

In addition to being released on bail, the judge ordered Rodriguez-Juarez to stay away from Downtown Crossing. He is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 12 for a probable cause hearing.

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