Police arrested a Corcoran man on suspicion of several felony charges on Oct. 21 after they say he assaulted several customers at two stores before demanding police shoot him while repeatedly reaching into his waistband.
Sgt. Alex Chavarria said the suspect then yelled “Allahu Akbar,” an Islamic phrase meaning “God is greatest,” and pulled out a cell phone. He said he was going to detonate a bomb, but police were able to take him into custody without further incident. He was identified as Kaden Michael Stephens, 26.
Chavarria said the incident began around 4 p.m. when employees at the Rite Aid at 1500 Whitley Ave. called 911 and told dispatchers that a man was screaming profanity and religious statements at customers. When an employee told him she was calling the police, the man attempted to take her phone – knocking her to the ground in the process. Another employee attempted to help her, but he was also assaulted.
Stephens then left the scene on a bicycle, but several witnesses followed him to the Square Deal Market on 636 Dairy Ave. They saw him knock over items in the store, Chavarria said.
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Police caught up with him near the intersection of North and Estes avenues, where the bizarre confrontation took place.
Stephens was booked into Kings County Jail on battery, robbery and criminal threat allegations and was held on $160,000 bail.