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Armed ‘drunk’ man in front of Whole Foods yells at passersby, drops pistol

Updated: May 22, 2015 at 1:17 p.m.

A “drunk and disorderly” white man with a gun was spotted in front of Whole Foods Market late Thursday.

The suspect “dropped a black pistol on the ground, picked it up while yelling at people in the area” in front of the Whole Foods on the 2200 block of I Street, according to a GW alert sent around 11 p.m. Thursday. He was 5 foot 8 inches and around 25 years old, wearing black shorts and a red Washington Bullets tank top. He was accompanied by a woman with brown hair and a medium build, according to the alert.

University Police Department and Metropolitan Police Department officers were canvassing the area around 10:15 p.m. when two individuals not affiliated with the University reported that a suspect “approached and verbally harassed them while they were sitting in the outdoor dining section” at Whole Foods, said University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar. She said the suspects left, and upon return, continued to verbally harass the individuals and the male dropped what “appeared to be a plastic pistol.”

Csellar said the suspect had not yet been apprehended Friday morning.

Earlier in the evening on Thursday, officials sent out an emergency alert for an attempted armed robbery in front of Strong Hall. Csellar confirmed that the two events were not related.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
Due to an editing error, The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the first emergency alert was sent for an armed robbery attempt in front of South Hall. The armed robbery attempt was reported in front of Strong Hall. We regret this error.

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