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Newport business and patrons menaced by a very angry man…

Zebedee Schultz
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Newport Police Officers responded to a business in the 200 Block of NW Coast Street for a 911 hang-up call. Dispatchers tried to call the business several times but there was no answer. Officers arrived on the scene and learned that a man had been in the business creating quite a disturbance.

Investigation revealed, Zebedee Shultz, 36, of Newport, had walked into the business in a rage and began arguing with customers – even threatening to hurt or kill them. Shultz walked out but returned a short time later and demanded his money back for a beverage he had purchased earlier. When an employee was not able to refund him his money, Shultz again became violent – threatening staff and patrons. Shultz grabbed the money out of an employee tip jar and walked back out the door. About five minutes later Shultz returned. He got into an argument with a customer and pushed him. Shultz grabbed a cellphone out of the victim’s hand and left the building.

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An employee followed Shultz down the street in an attempt to retrieve the phone. Shultz realized the employee was behind him and began threatening to kill him. The employee backed off.

Schultz then threw the cellphone up on the roof of a nearby building. At his residence, Shultz changed his clothes and grabbed two knives and headed back towards the business. It was then he was intercepted by police. Shultz told officers he had only grabbed the knives because he was afraid of the people at the business and that he was just going for a walk.

Moments later the officers had Shultz handcuffed and on his way to to the county jail where he was booked for Menacing, Theft and Disorderly Conduct. His bail was set at $35,000.

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