CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police said a 29-year-old man working as a cashier at the Dollar General in the Clearfield Mall faces charges after getting into an altercation with a customer over a sale.
Ronald Goodrow faces two minor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and he has one summary count of harassment.
When police arrived at the mall March 30 for a reported assault, the customer told the officer Goodrow had left. Not soon after that, he returned, but he refused to speak with the officer. According to the criminal complaint, he was fast pacing toward the mall doors.
The officer told him he needed to stop and speak to him, and Goodrow then raised his voice and told the officer no and that he was getting his phone from the store.
The officer reports Goodrow was told to stay outside because the officer needed to speak with him, but he once again refused.
It’s reported that he proceeded to go past the officer through the first set of mall doors, and the officer stopped him from going through the second set of doors after he was told to stop multiple times.
The officer said Goodrow yelled at him and told the officer not to touch him. When the officer asked to see his hands, he resisted. The officer said he would take him to the floor if he didn’t stop resisting. He was able to put Goodrow in handcuffs without incident and asked him what happened.
Goodrow reported to police that the customer began yelling at him at the register and started recording him, so he took her phone.
However, when the officer went and spoke to the customer, she said she was checking out at the register with Goodrow and that there was a sale for the store, but he was going to charge her full price. She then asked him to call his manager. She said he rang her up and threw the receipt at her.
The customer said she then yelled at Goodrow not to throw the receipt at her, and corporate would see how he treated her through the security camera. She said he was yelling at her as she left the store, and he followed her out of the store.
He allegedly began yelling at the customer and chest-bumping her, telling her she needed to apologize for yelling at him. The customer said she then pulled her phone out and tried to record the incident, and he took the phone from her and threatened to smash it. He smacked the phone into her chest after a witness told him to give it back and fled the scene.
Police said they then began walking Goodrow to the patrol car when he started flailing his body and attempted to strike the knee of one of the officers. He was then pinned down to the side of the patrol car to which he was searched.
He was eventually placed in the back of a patrol car, and he began to yell and “turn red in the face and sweat profusely.” Police asked him what’s wrong, and he told them he has anxiety and is epileptic and was having an anxiety attack. He said he didn’t want to go to the hospital.
One of the officers went back to the Dollar General to speak with the manager when he heard the other officer call for an EMS because Goodrow was unconscious, and he rushed back to the patrol car.
Goodrow was removed and placed in a recovery position while EMS was responding to the scene. Police said they administered multiple sternum rubs to which Goodrow regained consciousness and was cleared by Clearfield EMS.
An unsecured bail was set at $20,000 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 14.