Sheriff: Man threatens Florida grocery store employees with ax after told to wear mask
by WEAR staffThursday, July 30th 2020AA
Michael Bevans | Photo: Escambia County Sheriff’s Office
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — A Florida man is accused of threatening Pensacola grocery store employees with an ax after being told to wear a face mask inside the store, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report.
Michael Bevans, 42, of Pensacola, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on Monday at Grocery Advantage.
According to the report, a Grocery Advantage employee asked Bevans and a woman he was with to wear a mask inside the store, but they refused. The employee then told them to leave the store, which is when Bevans became “belligerent” and started yelling racial slurs.
The report states Bevans continued arguing with employees — and he then “repositioned” his hand on an ax, making employees believe he was going to hit them with it.
Deputies arrested Bevans while walking down Lillian Highway. He is in Escambia County Jail on $5,000 bond.