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Man Charged with Disorderly Conduct after Ignoring Social Distancing Request

LaGrange Police have charged a man with Disorderly Conduct after he allegedly caused a disturbance and the local Walmart arguing over social distancing guidelines.

The alleged incident occurred shortly before 9:27 a.m. Wednesday morning, when officers with the La-Grange Police Department were called to the Walmart on New Franklin Road in reference to a dispute.

Police arrived and spoke to supervisors, who stated a customer later identified as Michael Floyd, arrived at the location and began entering the business, but failed to follow designated routing for social distancing processes put in place to allow customers to move safely in and out of the store.

Police were told an employee working at the door attempted to reroute Floyd, but he turned and gave the employee the middle finger, along with some derogatory remarks. This began to upset the normal commerce and tranquility of this business, so police were called.

Officers were later able to review security video that showed Floyd entered the business as described. Floyd was also seen continuing to rant and rave in the store, causing a disturbance as he argued with employees, until the door employee walked inside the business to take his rest break.

Police say Floyd then proceeded to exit the business, but returned into the store from the doorway and continued to cause a disturbance.

As a supervisor spoke with Floyd in an effort to calm him down, Floyd allegedly indicated that he was carrying a handgun. Police say Floyd said he was “carrying” and pointing to his gun and stating “you don’t know what I got,” before ultimately leaving the location.

Officers were later able to identify Floyd using the tag number on the truck he drove to the location and he agreed to meet with police.

Police say he still seemed upset over the incident, though he no longer had the gun on his waistband at the time. Floyd did advise he had a Concealed Carry Permit.

After Floyd was unable to provideanyreasonableand prudent reason for his disruptive and disorderly behavior, hewasissuedhim a citation for Disorderly Conduct.

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Tommy Murphy Staff Writer