The night before Sunday’s funeral procession to say goodbye to a popular downtown restaurant, police say an unhappy, intoxicated Michelangelo’s employee threw patio furniture from the restaurant’s rooftop to the second floor of the establishment.
Conway police officers, who arrived on scene around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, spoke with the employee, who admitted he had been drinking and threw the chairs and tables because he was upset the restaurant was closing and he would no longer have a job.
The 31-year-old Conway man said he was not alone in his actions. Police spoke to another person who stated she was working a wedding that occurred that night, and had begun to clean the area around 10 p.m., when the restaurant employee came to the rooftop after his shift and said, “F--- this place. They can’t do this to me, I’ve been here for five years.”
The woman said the employee proceeded to throw furniture off the side of the rooftop onto the second floor. The woman said she threw one chair after the employee told her to, but stopped because she thought it was “stupid to have done it,” the police report states.
Another witness on the second floor spoke with officers and said she witnessed the employee throwing furniture and asked him to stop, but he told her to “shut up.”
After being told by officers he was being taken into custody, police conducted a search of the employee and found a “green, leafy substance, which appeared to be marijuana,” in his pants pocket, the police report states.
Police arrested and charged the employee with possession of marijuana and first-degree criminal mischief. The police report lists $2,000 worth of patio iron tables, but does not signify if the tables were damaged.
The downtown Italian restaurant, owned by Mike Coats, announced it would close its doors with a final Sunday Brunch on Aug. 25, earlier this month.
Following the final brunch, a funeral procession ensued from the Oak Street restaurant to nearby Mike’s Place, another downtown restaurant owned by Coats.
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