Bond set for customer who attacked Lowe's employees

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The man accused of attacking two employees at a local hardware store after trying to steal $1,500 worth of tools was granted bond Monday morning.

Instead of spending his holiday weekend on home improvement projects, Christopher Newman appeared in court after police say he attacked two employees at Lowe's.

Just before six o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Lowe's on Veterans Parkway in Columbus, police were called to the store for a disturbance.

When police arrived at the store they found a customer, 34 year-old self-employed contractor Christopher Newman, fighting with two male employees.

Witnesses tell police the suspect was trying to shoplift $1,500 worth of tools from the store. That's when reports say the suspect threatened to cut the two workers with a knife and he began to physically assault them. During Newman's fight, he also bit both of the victims on the arm causing them to bleed.

Christopher Newman resisted arrest but after police apprehended him they found that Newman had two knives in his possession. Reports also state he caused $135 worth of property damage inside the store.

Newman was arrested and taken to the Muscogee County Jail.

Christopher Newman is charged with two counts of terroristic threats, battery, theft by shoplifting, and obstruction of a police officer.

Christopher Newman's bond was set at $15,000 and his case has been bound over to Superior Court.

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