Employee with toy gun and sword attacks co-workers


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Creeping Incrementalism
May 30, 2007, 12:48 PM
http://www.bakersfield.com/hourly_news/story/153020.html

Employees subdue sword-carrying suspect in Dreyer's plant
The Bakersfield Californian | Wednesday, May 30 2007 7:22 AM
Last Updated: Wednesday, May 30 2007 8:07 AM

What began as a chaotic incident with reports of shots fired and scores of employees running out of the Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream plant early Wednesday morning ended in the arrest of a temporary employee who was weilding a samurai-style sword and a toy replica machine gun, Bakersfield police reported.

It was actually employees who subdued the suspect, Arnold Devries, 24, and placed him in plastic restraints, Detective Greg Terry said.

"They did a great job, but it is not something we recommend," Terry said.

No shots had been fired and initial reports of a second suspect were also unfounded, Terry said.

Devries had worked at the plant for three months. It was unknown if he had been fired, Terry said.

One female employee had a very minor wound to her neck that did not require medical treatment after Devries grabbed her and put the sword to her neck, apparently because she was the first person he encountered, Terry said.

He was arrested after the 1 a.m. incident on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary (entering a building with intent to commit a crime) and brandishing a replica firearm, Terry said.

About 30 police officers and 10 to 12 sheriff's deputies searched the huge plant, 7301 District Blvd., for additional suspects before the plant was declared secured at 4:30 a.m., Terry said. Police thanked the deputies for their help and the management of the plant for their cooperation in accounting for all the employees.

The report of a second suspect was based on an employee who was not wearing a uniform as is required in the plant.

I wonder if the sword was one of those dull-edged replicas.

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Titan6
May 30, 2007, 12:55 PM
I guess he was protesting for institution of the "Pecans of the Carrobian" flavor.



Sorry, I know that was bad but could not resist.

TallPine
May 30, 2007, 02:45 PM
I prefer my ice cream without nuts ;)

Fly320s
May 30, 2007, 03:06 PM
TallPine, :D

That poor man must have had a rocky road to travel.

hso
May 30, 2007, 03:24 PM
I certainly hope this isn't the cream of the crop for jokes on this nut.

Zen21Tao
May 30, 2007, 03:32 PM
When are we going to get reasonable sword-control. I'd be willing to bet he didn't have to go through a background check, waiting period or even a sword safety course. Come on.... it's for the Children. :D

Zen21Tao
May 30, 2007, 03:36 PM
Are we even sure he really MINT anyone harm. :D

El Tejon
May 30, 2007, 03:38 PM
This thread leads down a rocky road.:neener:

Devonai
May 30, 2007, 03:40 PM
While his actions weren't heavenly, he obviously had something to hash out.

SkiLune
May 30, 2007, 03:42 PM
So, the officer quoted said,
"They did a great job, but it is not something we recommend," Terry said.


I am wondering what the police do recommend when confronted with a sword and plastic gun wielding nut job. Harsh language?

I guess maybe the press report didn't have the entire quote.

skinnyguy
May 30, 2007, 03:44 PM
Look at one double-nut fruit-loop does to grown people, turns them into a neopolitan of bad puns. **shakes head**

hankdatank1362
May 30, 2007, 03:56 PM
I got nothing, save maybe a bad "Cherry Garcia" pun.

mnrivrat
May 30, 2007, 04:18 PM
Looks like this is being MILKED for about all it's worth.

"They did a great job, but it is not something we recommend,"

I guess maybe they recommend you do a poor job ?

brandishing a replica firearm A Toy gun ! So that's against the law ?
WOW there goes all the fun out of playing cowboys and indians for todays youth .

Green Lantern
May 30, 2007, 04:26 PM
I am wondering what the police do recommend when confronted with a sword and plastic gun wielding nut job. Harsh language?

Of COURSE not! MILD language only! Why, you'll provoke the mis-aligned soul into hurting you!

Thank goodness it was only a replica sword - if it was the real deal, that woman might have ended up as Phish Food! [/lame] ;)

MD_Willington
May 30, 2007, 04:26 PM
nah, he was playing Ice Cream factory Ninja, upper management frowns on that kind of thing... Ninjas and Ice cream... pu-shaw..

Lucky
May 30, 2007, 04:29 PM
Why do the police keep insisting that civilians should be victims and nothing else? What the hell is wrong with them?

gp911
May 30, 2007, 04:34 PM
Makes my stomach churn just thinking about it... :barf:

It's a sherbet that this will stir up more calls to ban toy guns. :rolleyes:

gp911

bearmgc
May 30, 2007, 04:38 PM
Hope he doesn't try the "too much ice cream" defense....

mlandman
May 30, 2007, 04:41 PM
Sounds like a mental melt down.

yhtomit
May 30, 2007, 05:35 PM
Ah, one of those up-against-the walnuts.

timothy

p.s. What caliber was the toy gun?

yhtomit
May 30, 2007, 05:40 PM
"FREEZE, SUCKER!"

I think now this news has cooled, it's clear that initial reports were wrong; he was not in fact carrying a bombpop; that scoop was in error.

Watch him try to waffle in front of the judge, will probably turn into a real melt-down -- "I'm berry, berry sorry .... cone you show me some mercy?"

Autolycus
May 30, 2007, 06:07 PM
PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!

I dont understand why the police advocate being a victim either. It really pisses me off and I want to know what tehy were thinking when they encourage people to flee or not protect themselves.

grimjaw
May 30, 2007, 06:24 PM
it's a sherbet that this will stir up more calls to ban toy guns

Winner! :)

jm

.cheese.
May 30, 2007, 09:26 PM
Stuff that never made it to the press:

Police told reporters that after taking him to jail and showing him his new cell mate, Cookie (as he likes to be called), Devries cried out, 'No! Ice-cream if you put me in der wid him!' to which Cookie replied, 'You sure will, you'll scream when you realize you're gonna be the cream for your new Cookie!'

Yeah... I know it sucked.

walking arsenal
May 30, 2007, 10:58 PM
Well hopefully the cops will put him in the deep freeze for a long time.

I bet then he'll learn to keep his cool and stay frosty.

Mortech
May 30, 2007, 11:03 PM
Oh he'll blame it on momentary brainfreeze .

yhtomit
May 31, 2007, 12:00 AM
I'm not sure what sort of facility the perp will be visiting in the near term, but he could inherit the ornithological hobby of Rbt. Stroud (the Bird Man of Alcatraz) if he has a good line of sight to some baskin' robins.

I think a toy gun and a real (fake) sword sure put a new twist on workplace attacks -- no doubt the news will swirl though conventional news outlets, sprinkled with cutting commentary and drizzled with ignorance. FInding ant-gun propaganda based on this (even if he didn't have a real gun) will probably be a sundae outing.

But no one was killed (though at least one woman was slightly malt), which is the most important thing -- aren't we all glad that this conehead is safely in custardy? While this could be a conversation full of churning anger, I'm grateful that cooler heads have prevailed.

And of course, this incident serves as a reminder that when a coworker seems to have gone bananas, split.

(I promise to stop dishing these out soon.)

timothy

strambo
May 31, 2007, 03:40 AM
"They did a great job, but it is not something we recommend," Terry said.The police always recommend you calmly wait to be executed (er, I mean "saved":rolleyes:). That tactic worked great at VT...good thing nobody subdued the shooter while he was reloading...it would have been against the recommendations of LE profesionals.

Elza
May 31, 2007, 04:12 AM
mnrivrat: A Toy gun ! So that's against the law ? It is in England.
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