Axe-swinging man to be evaluated

An Oak Harbor man accused of threatening a store clerk with an axe was ordered to get a mental health evaluation, according to court documents.

An employee at a 7-Eleven store in Oak Harbor reported to police that a man, later identified as Samuel A. Grove, walked by the front of the building swinging an axe and he flipped her off, according to the police report.

Grove was previously issued a trespass notice barring him from the store.

Police officers located Grove nearby and found that he had an axe concealed under his shirt. Grove became “extremely angry” at the jail, where he kicked and slammed his head into the holding cell door.

He also spit on an officer while he was being placed in a restraint chair, the police report states.

Prosecutors charged Grove June 10 with assault in the second degree, assault in the third degree and criminal trespass.

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