A man packing a set of brass knuckles slammed a worker's head into a counter at the CVS at 1249 Boylston St. this morning and threatened to kill her and another employee if they didn't point him to the store's supply of painkillers, police say.
Alerted to the scene by a 911 call, officers with guns drawn got the man to let her go and surrender, police say.
Police say Justin Morgan, 20, entered the drugstore around 10:45 a.m., headed for the pharmacy, got behind the counter and told an employee he worked for CVS and wanted to know where they kept the painkillers. But when she asked to see some ID, police say, Morgan:
Grabbed the victim by the back of her head and slammed her head into the pharmacy counter. At one point, according to the victim, the suspect picked up a bag of needles and threatened her. Officers spoke to a second store employee who stated that the suspect approached her, pushed her in the chest area with two hands and threatened to kill her.
Police say officers arrived in time to see Morgan holding the woman:
Fearing for the safety and well-being of the store employee, officers unholstered their firearms and immediately ordered the suspect to release the victim and drop any weapons he may be in possession of. When the suspect stepped away from the victim, officers quickly moved in and cuffed the suspect. A search of the suspect enabled officers to take possession of a pair of gold-colored brass knuckles.
Morgan faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and assault and battery on a police officer, police say. Police explained the last charge:
During the booking process, the suspect became verbally belligerent and physically abusive towards the officers. Refusing to cooperate, the suspect instead repeatedly tried to punch and kick officers. One officer was struck in the face