Teen Suspected of Lighting Fireworks in CVS Arrested

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Las Cruces Police arrested a teenager accused of causing a disturbance inside a CVS Store before lighting a fire cracker.

Christopher Drake Kingsbury, 18, is charged with criminal damage to property and battery, assault and interference with communications.

Police were initially dispatched to the report of a suspect disturbance and possible shots-fired at the CVS located at 3011 N. Main Street around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

When LCPD arrived, they took Kingsbury into custody. 

Investigators learned Kingsbury came into the CVS with change and wanted to exchange it for $10 in paper bills. As the employee began counting the change, Kingsbury allegedly became angry and verbally aggressive, complaining that everyone was ‘rude to him.’  

Customers and employees reported being frightened by Kingsbury’s behavior. 

When the employee called 911, Kingsbury allegedly became physically aggressive and slammed his hands against the counter. He then used a lighter to start a fuse on what initially looked like a makeshift bomb, according to witnesses. 

The employee told police he threw the device, later identified as a firework, which then detonated. The firework caused no injuries, but sounded like a gunshot went off inside the store.

Investigators say Kingsbury then threw merchandise from the counter at the employee and grabbed the telephone cord, ripping it away from the telephone. The employee attempted to move customers out of harm’s way, but Kingsbury continued his outburst.

LCPD say the employee’s hand was cut during the incident, but his injury was not serious. 

Kingsbury was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he is initially being held without bond. 

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