Police: Dover man with knives chased store patrons

DOVER — An allegedly intoxicated 41-year-old Dover man was arrested after chasing employees and patrons with knives inside a business last Friday night, Dover Police said.

Steve Lawrence was believed to be under the influence of synthetic marijuana during the alleged incident at approximately 6:58 p.m. at the Royal Farms at 293 Saulsbury Road. Royal Farms employees called police, spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

Mr. Lawrence was taken into custody by arriving officers after a short foot pursuit, according to authorities.
No injuries were reported. It was unknown how many persons were in the store at the time, police said.

A person with Mr. Lawrence indicated that synthetic marijuana was involved, police said. No substance was confiscated, according to authorities.

Charges included two counts each possession of a deadly weapon by person prohibited, possession of deadly weapon during commission of a felony and aggravated menacing, along with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

Mr. Lawrence was presented at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on a $44,360 secured bond.

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