Chicopee PD: Man arrested twice in same night for vandalizing Exchange St. Plaza

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A Chicopee man was arrested twice Sunday after he allegedly vandalized a plaza multiple times.

Chicopee police officer Mike Wilk told 22News, police were called to the Exchange Street Plaza at 5:10 p.m. for a report of someone spraypainting graffiti at 209 Exchange Street.

Wilk said when officers got to the plaza they found black paint on the building and a man, later identified as 36-year-old Adam Welshimer, spraying more paint onto the building. 

Welshimer allegedly ran into a store to get away from officers but was found and arrested. After he was arrested, he told police that the graffiti was just food color, but was charged with tagging property when officers found it was paint. At 7:35 p.m. he was released from the Chicopee Police Department on $140 bail.

At 9:10 p.m. officers were called to the plaza again for a report of an undesirable, unwanted customer who may have damaged a door. 

When officers got to the plaza, Wilk said they saw Welshimer running down Cabot Street away from the Family Dollar store carrying a guitar. Officers also found the door to the store had a large, spider-web type crack.

Police found Welshimer on Cabot Street where he denied any involvement with the incident but admitted he had been to the store. 

When police took him back to the store to investigate where victims told police that Welshimer allegedly went back to the store after making bail. He allegedly spit in a clerk’s face and yelled expletives at her.

Wilk said he was told to leave again after getting in the clerk’s face several more times. He then allegedly raised his guitar and threatened to hit her with it. On his way out of the store, Wilk said Welshimer kicked backward, breaking the door on the glass as the clerk tried to close it.

This time, Welshimer as charged with assault and battery, a felony charge of vandalizing property, and assault with a dangerous weapon. 

He was once again taken to the Chicopee Police Department where he was held on $1,040 bail and taken to court Monday morning. 

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