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Bank Customer Threatens to Shoot Manager, Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the time of the incident as p.m. The incident occurred in the morning. The story has been corrected.

Warwick, RI — Warwick Police were called to the Bank of America at 50 West Shore Road May 6 at 10:34 a.m. for a report of a man threatening to shoot the bank manager, arresting the irate customer on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Officer Joseph DeDonato arrived at the bank and spoke with the manager who was visibly nervous and upset as she told him that a customer, Heo Cheolmin,, 35, of 114 Alabama Ave., had become irate when bank personnel refused to allow him to withdraw money from his wife’s account without her present for the transaction, DeDonato reported.

The manager said Cheolmin began to raise his voice after the teller working with him told him she couldn’t let him make the withdrawal, and she stepped in to attempt to calm him down.

The manager was briefly able to settle the situation. Cheolmin then made a phone call to is wife, and threated to shoot the bank manager, she said, according to the report. Cheolmin then left the bank, according to DeDonato’s report.

When Cheolmin returned a short time later the teller said, she was fearful about his intent. She said she was in fear for her life.

Cheolmin left the building again after staring at the manager in a menacing manner, according to the report. He drove away in a blue Infinity with RI plates.

During DeDonato’s investigation at the bank, Officer John Madden located Cheolmin on Airport Road and arrested him, transporting him to Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

The officers charged Cheolmin with Disorderly Conduct and he was also issued a no trespassing order for the bank.

Rob Borkowski
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