EDGEWOOD, Pa. (KDKA) – Allegheny County Police have identified the man accused of spitting in the face of a Giant Eagle employee earlier this month.
The suspect has been identified as Brandon Thompson, 23, of East Liberty. Allegheny County Police say that an arrest warrant has been obtained and that Thompson is being charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and disorderly conduct.
On April 1 around 8:30 a.m., police say the Thompson allegedly submitted a $50 money order but told the cashier he spent $100.
The cashier did an audit, confirming it was a $50 money order.
#BREAKING: Police have released photos of the man accused of spitting on a Giant Eagle manager at the Edgewood Towne Center store Wednesday. They say he is a black man with a slender build and some facial hair. He was last seen wearing a camouflage hoodie. pic.twitter.com/8YMVChbRJM
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The cashier called the manager over, and the manager also confirmed it was $50, police say.
Thompson allegedly became upset and started threatening and yelling at the customer service associate. When the manager walked over to settle the verbal dispute, Thompson allegedly cocked his head under the plexiglass divider, spit in the manager’s face and walked out of the store.
In a statement, Giant Eagle thanked the team member and all of their employees for putting communities first during the coronavirus outbreak.
“We thank our Edgewood Giant Eagle Team Member, and all Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo Team Members, for continuing to put their communities first during this unprecedented and uncertain time. How this Edgewood guest acted is wholly unacceptable, and his actions do not reflect the calm, positive and appreciative attitude of so many of those shopping in our stores.
We support the efforts of local law enforcement to take every action to ensure that this individual answers for his careless and disrespectful behavior, and are working closely with our affected Team Member to provide the care she needs and deserves.”