A 38-year-old man is in custody after a convenience store employee called 911 when the suspect threatened him and a co-worker shortly before midnight Tuesday, the Bradenton Police Department reports.
The incident happened in the 2700 block of Manatee Avenue East when Randolph Edward Matthew told the employees he had a gun in his pocket after they escorted him out of the store for shoplifting, the report stated.
Officers caught up with Matthew walking in the 3000 block of Manatee Avenue East. The report said no firearm was found.
Matthew refused to comply with orders while being placed under arrest. The report stated he was pepper-sprayed after he began to kick the driver-side window in the police car, bending a metal guard meant to prevent escape. He also made a comment about visiting the officers and their families with a gun once he was released from jail, according to the report.
Matthew continued to kick, even after being pepper-sprayed, and told one of the officers he would give him $100 if he let him out of the car, the report stated. Matthew was then transferred to another car, and he was pepper-sprayed a second time after he kicked the windows in that patrol car, the report stated. Matthew continued to struggle as police attempted to secure him at the police station.
He has been charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, one felony count of criminal mischief, one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief, two counts of aggravated assault, bribery and threatening a public servant.
He is in Manatee County jail on a $7,620 bond.