Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hammer time for Target -- Winona, MN

A hammer-wielding man left a wake of destruction in Winona’s Target Store Saturday evening, then fought police and led them on a chase through the store before they apprehended him.

Officers entered the Target Store at 5:15 p.m. Saturday to find a bloody-faced Jerome Charles Eberle, 39, waving a hammer. Customers were streaming out the front doors, according to police reports.

Police had been notified by a shopper inside the store who reported a man using a hammer to smash big-screen televisions while saying “hammer, hammer, hammer” in a monotone voice. Police chased Eberle through the store and he swung the hammer at one officer before police subdued him with a taser.

Eberle, of Chicago, is charged with two counts of assault on police officers, obstruction of justice with force, first-degree property damage and disorderly conduct. After the incident he was transported to Winona Health for a behavioral evaluation, and remained there on Sunday afternoon.

A Target Store manager on Sunday declined to speak about the incident.

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