Man Arrested After Hurling Liquor Bottles at Diners
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‘We all Thought it was a Gunman’: Man in D.C. Restaurant Destroyed $2,000 Worth of Liquor While Throwing Bottles at Patrons

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Staff members clean up broken liquor bottles Sunday night at Le Diplomate in Washington, D.C., after a man threw bottles at diners. (Photo: Twitter/Justice Gilpin-Green)

Patrons of French restaurant Le Diplomate in Washington, D.C., were frightened Sunday evening when a 29-year-old man stood atop bars and hurled liquor bottles at the diners, according to Justice Gilpin-Green of NBC News.

Gilpin-Green was at Le Diplomate when the incident occurred and reported that the diners believed the frenzy had been started by a gunman, a concern that was either started or exacerbated by someone in the restaurant yelling that there was a shooter, Gilpin-Green said.

According to the police report, the man destroyed 24 bottles of liquor worth about $2,000, Mike Balsamo of The Associated Press said. The man was arrested on a felony destruction of property charge.

No injuries were suffered, Gilpin-Green said.

The police report said the man man “caused a disturbance” upon his arrival at the restaurant before knocking liquor bottles off the shelf, according to Balsamo.

Police arrived — although Gilpin-Green described the amount of time it took them to get there as “worrying” — and restrained the man while the staff cleaned up the bottles.

Gilpin-Green reported that the man who threw the bottles was not a customer at the restaurant, “appeared to be possibly homeless & definitely had mental health issues.”

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