Police say a 74-year-old man drove a car into the front of a Verizon store in Raleigh on Thursday evening after he apparently became upset that his phone was not working and the store was closed.
Charles Michael Hager was charged with six counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and damage to property after the incident at 8:35 p.m. Thursday in the North Hills shopping center.
A man who called 911 said he saw a driver behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Jetta plow into the store.
“He drove right through the damn front door,” the caller said. “There is no front door. All the glass is shattered. It’s amazing. ... I’ve never seen anything like it.”
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The caller said the store had closed at 8 p.m., and the man was visibly upset that he couldn’t enter.
“He said, ‘My damn phone’s not working. I need help. Open this damn door,’” the caller said.
Six Verizon employees were in the store at the time, Raleigh police said. No one was injured.
The 911 caller said the driver backed halfway out of the store and got out of the vehicle and stood in the parking lot.
“Keep a safe distance from him,” the dispatcher told the caller.
Hager was transported to the Wake County jail, where he is being held under a $7,500 bail for the misdemeanor charges, according to court documents.
He was also ordered to have no contact with the six employees who were inside the store, and he is not allowed to return to the business.