Man Threatens Customers & Employees With Sword

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Daytona Beach, FL - A Palm Coast man is facing multiple aggravated assault charges after police and witnesses say he brandished a sword and threatened everyone inside the store.

According to a police report obtained by News Daytona Beach, 29-year-old Marcus Smith entered a Sunoco convenience store on International Speedway Boulevard (ISB) Monday night (May 3) and reportedly made comments about how he should steal from the store. Afterwards, Smith took the soda and went to pay for it, but the comments continued.

Police say Smith continued to make remarks at the victims before pulling a sword out of his backpack, which he began to threaten customers and employees with. After brandishing the sword, Smith took off out of the store and ran westbound onto ISB.

Security footage obtained by police also showed Smith getting into an argument before holding the sword above his head, prior to him leaving.

Officers with the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) later found Smith in the parking lot of another business on ISB. When they made contact, officers discovered the sword Smith had in his backpack. Witnesses also identified Smith as the man who brandished the sword in the store.

After Smith was arrested and placed in a squad car, he began to kick the door from the inside, which caused it to become warped and damaged.

Smith was charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief, and carrying a concealed weapon. He currently remains in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail with bond set at $7,500.

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