Whole Foods incident triggers police foot chase onto I-95
A Whole Foods Market employee, upset that his work schedule had been changed after he requested to be taken off the night shift, went on a rampage in the store Wednesday and then was chased on foot by police onto Interstate 95 during heavy rush-hour traffic before being subdued by a stun gun.
The incident took place shortly after 4 p.m. when police said Tyron Manns-Riddick, 21, of Bridgeport, began screaming, swearing and threatening his Whole Foods manager. According to police, Manns-Riddick had asked to switch his hours to daytime because he had gotten a second part-time job at night. When he came to work and saw the schedule had been changed per his request, he nonetheless became enraged, police said.
He threatened store officials with violence, and knocked over a large display of pickles as the manager tried to lead him out of the store and threw a six-pack of beer at a glass freezer door, breaking all six bottles. He then threw a bottle of coconut water down an aisle, striking an overhead sign. About 25 customers and employees witnessed the event, police said.
Police were called after the disruption and spotted Manns-Riddick walking on Kings Highway Cutoff.
When he spotted police, he fled, according to the report, and ran toward I-95 and up the highway's embankment between southbound Exits 23 and 24. He ran across all three lanes of traffic, causing motorists in the rush hour traffic to slam on their brakes and swerve to avoid hitting him.
Several officers followed him on foot and one suffered a leg injury. That officer was taken to a hospital, as was Manns-Riddick, which is routine Fairfield police procedure when someone has been immobilized by police using a stun gun.
Manns-Riddick was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, third-degree criminal mischief and interfering with a police officer. He was released after posting $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Nov. 28 in Bridgeport Superior Court.