Riviera Beach police: ‘Extremely intoxicated’ man threatens store owner who refuses to sell him beer

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Timothy Welsh

A 47-year-old man was arrested this weekend after he allegedly threatened a Riviera Beach convenience store owner who refused to sell him beer.

The owner and a cashier refused to sell to Timothy Welsh, of West Palm Beach, Saturday due to his already being “extremely intoxicated,” according to a Riviera Beach police arrest report. Welsh allegedly threw a can of beer to the ground and pointed a knife at the store owner.

He was later arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and simple battery. He remained in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail Monday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

According to police, the scene unfolded at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday at the BP gas station in the 2500 block of Broadway. Welsh reportedly staggered into store and selected a can of ‘211’ beer from the beverage cooler. When Welsh attempted to go to the cashier, the store owner tried to stop him. Welsh allegedly pushed the store owner out of his way and continued to the front counter.

When the cashier refused the sale, Welsh became belligerent and threw the $2.50 can of beer to the ground, causing it to splash all over other items in the store, police said. The store owner followed Welsh as he walked to the front door. Welsh allegedly then pulled a knife from his waistband and pointed it at the store owner.

The store owner quickly closed and locked the door as Welsh walked away. Welsh returned moments later and began banging on the door, police said. Officers arriving at the scene allegedly found that Welsh had a knife tucked in his waistband and eight grams of marijuana in his left front pocket.

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