Molino Man Threatened Local Hardware Store Employee With A Chain, ECSO Says

July 28, 2022

A Molino man is facing a felony charge for allegedly threatening a Cantonment Ace Hardware employee with a chain.

David Shannon Payne, 51, was booked into the Escambia County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released on a $1,000 bond.

Store employees cut a one-foot long piece of chain for Payne at his request. As he walked with an employee toward the register to pay, Payne began to threaten physical harm to the employee before wrapping the chain around his hand and making a fist, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.  As Payne exited the store, he told the employee to “catch him outside”. Two witnesses corroborated the employee’s accusations.

When deputies arrived, they noted a “strong smell of alcohol” coming from Payne, according to the report.

About 25 minutes after the store closed, “Payne was standing in the back of the parking lot in front of the store as if he was waiting for (the victim) to exit the store,” the reporting deputy wrote in the report.


8 Responses to “Molino Man Threatened Local Hardware Store Employee With A Chain, ECSO Says”

  1. Mike on July 30th, 2022 12:51 am

    I live a mile from this store and shop it regularly. The staff is the nicest group of people I have every encountered. If these accusations are true, this guy needs to go away for awhile.

  2. Jr S on July 29th, 2022 9:39 am

    The kicker is the employee that he was threatening was an 18 year old that was a 1/3 Shannons size. Man up and go pick on someone your own age and size.

  3. Davo on July 28th, 2022 9:47 pm

    Meaness fueled with slcohol is always a bad combination. I am positive that this man’s actions was not due to any of the stores employees attitudes, for they have always been courteous, friendly, and helpful with my wife and myself every time that we have gone there.

  4. Kay on July 28th, 2022 9:22 am

    Man, this Ace Hardware can’t catch a break!!!

  5. Breambuster on July 28th, 2022 8:43 am

    Good thing he didnt buy a chainsaw…

  6. Sparks Flying on July 28th, 2022 8:02 am

    Wonder if he got his weather radio programed before the melee

  7. Jr on July 28th, 2022 5:54 am

    What in the Curnbread heck is wrong with people these days? I just can’t comprehend the actions of some here lately. To be this dadgum old and acting like a straight up thug. GROW THE HECK UP! I bet his family is proud and what an embarrassment if he has children with acting like this…

  8. Shay on July 28th, 2022 2:29 am

    Nobody likes a drunk and much less a mean drunk

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