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Conn. man smashed Dunkin' Donuts windows with ax, gets stun-gun jolt, police say

Wilfred Levine CBS Connecticut via New Britain Police

Wilfred Levine
CBS Connecticut via New Britain Police

(CBS) -- Police said a Connecticut man was subdued with a stun gun and arrested after smashing about seven windows with an ax at a Dunkin' Donuts on Wednesday afternoon, CBS affiliate WFSB reports.

The incident reportedly started when 63-year-old Wilfred Levine was loitering outside the shop in New Britain, Conn. and was asked to leave by store employees.

"He was thrown out of here because he was drunk," said witness Gary Russo.

Witnesses reported that Levine returned around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, visibly upset and wielding a full-size ax, according to WFSB. 

He allegedly jumped over the counter with the ax and demanded to see the "two employees who previously escorted him out of the restaurant," police said. After smashing the interior of the store with the ax, Levine then walked outside and smashed the exterior windows, the station reports.

Police arrived at the scene and asked Levine multiple times to drop the weapon, according to WFSB. Officers said they were forced to use a stun gun to subdue him.

"The officers involved in this incident acted with extreme restraint and the utmost professionalism," said New Britain Police Lt. Christopher Chute. "The officers employed sound tactics and were able to subdue the suspect without using deadly physical force."

A dozen people were reportedly inside the store at the time of the incident, but no one was seriously injured. Witnesses told WFSB that Levine was severely upset about the recent death of his wife.

Levine faces multiple charges including two counts of criminal attempt assault on police, first-degree criminal mischief and possession of a dangerous weapon, the station reports. He was held on $750,000 bond.

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