A Box Cutter-Wielding Man Threatened to "Cut Someone Up" at Campisi's Yesterday

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The weather on Sunday evening was unseasonably temperate for Dallas. The heat of the day, which barely cracked 90, faded rather quickly. By 6:30 p.m., it was pleasant enough for a quartet of diners at Campisi's downtown location to dine al fresco. At least it was pleasant until Allen McRae showed up.

The 65-year-old didn't reveal the source of his beef with the pizza joint. He simply walked up and began hurling obscenities, first at the building's brick facade, then at the four diners on the patio. "I'm looking for a motherfucker to cut up!" he yelled, according to police.

The 50-year-old manager of the restaurant, Terrence O'Brien, stepped outside and told McRae to leave. For a brief moment, it looked as if McRae might comply, taking a few steps away. But then he turned back to the people on the patio.

"I'll cut someone up, motherfuckers," he said. Then, when O'Brien stepped forward to shoo him away, McRae pulled a box cutter from his pocket. "I'll fuck you up white boy," he hissed, threatening the diners once more before leaving.

But the encounter wasn't quite over. O'Brien flagged down a cop car and pointed officers to McRae, who had made his way down the promenade near Campisi's and was walking down Main Street. Officers eventually had to pull their guns to convince him to lie down with his arms out so he could be searched.

The officers, at O'Brien's request, warned McRae to stay away from Campisi's or be arrested. McRae, however, was unfazed.

"You'll see me again, and I'll blow the whole fucking building up," he told O'Brien. Then, after police had seized his weapon: "They sell box cutters in stores. I'm just going to go buy another one to kill a motherfucker when I get out."

There's good reason for O'Brien to take McRae at his word. In 2010, he stabbed a man several times on St. Paul Street, right next to the Dallas Museum of Art. "Sometimes someone has to die to kill racism," he explained to police at the time, adding that "I have a high-powered rifle with a scope, and I can kill him and leave the country before you finish the investigation," and "I will find out if he is allergic to penicillin and pour it into a cup and give it to him so he dies."

But McRae seem to understand why he was being arrested. "I wasn't threatening nobody but that fat manager," he told police as they were making the short trip to Lew Sterrett, where he's held on a $50,000 bond for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and retaliation.


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IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

Mental Health, as an issue of public safety, is a serious issue.  Thank God we have Perry and the GOP Legislature tackling the tough problems.

roo_ster
roo_ster

This nutjob is the reason we need state mental hospitals out in the boonies, where they can work on the hospital farm in a haze of Thorazine and disinfectant.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I would cut a bitch for some linguini with clam sauce.

rzimmerman1
rzimmerman1

I'm a 52-year-old white guy, but I made the poor choice of stopping at a fast food restaurant in a fairly sketchy neighborhood. As I got out of my truck I heard a black man carrying a backpack yelling about a block away. I ignored him and headed into the restuarant. As I stood in line I again heard him yelling as he stood at a bus stop in front of the restuarant. I turned around and saw that he was screaming and shaking his fist at me. I was the only white person in a restaurant that was about evenly split betwen blacks and hispanics. Eventually, the guy threw down his backpack and charged into the restuarant. He knocked my drink out of my hand and started screaming in my face. He called me "a cracker-ass nazi, aryan brotherhood, slave-owning white devil" and told me that he was going to kill me. Nobody got up to help me, but the black manager on duty called 911. Then the man shoved me into the soft drink machine with his shoulder and went into the restroom. I got my food and headed to a table and heard the sound of the restroom being trashed. He came out, cursed me some more and went back to the bus stop. The cops pulled up, spoke to him for a few minutes and let him board his bus when it pulled up. They never came inside to get a statement from me or the restaurant manager. As I left the restuarant, I thanked the manager for calling 911, but also told him that if was a safe bet that I'll never come back to his restaurant or this neighborhood.

frederick
frederick

"MacRea seem to understand" um, I guess they were speaking the same lingo...

Seriously though if you grew up in diverse schools you  can recognize when black people are trying to scare white people (it works so well most times).  Yeah, he had a blade but you could probably talk him down from that with a "Hey man!".

kendallpete
kendallpete

Too bad Joe wasn't alive to take care of him.


Cowtown
Cowtown

Just a little urban flavor with your pizza...

Russ Coffman
Russ Coffman

Sure, fire a big gun in close quarters, bullet goes through him, hits you. Or a klutz misses, hits you. No thanks.

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

this ain't really a mental health case. it's more like a case of human rabies. hospitals an' jails cain't cure human rabies. they just make it worse. there's really only one cure.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

"The minimum percentage of cases due to primary tuberculosis in the homeless was estimated to be 53%, compared with the traditional estimate of 10% in the general population."

The cops and EMS hate putting their hands on nuts like this.  Their vehicles have to be ozoned.

ptmoore2012
ptmoore2012

It would be great if a journalist really discovered how much guys like this actually cost taxpayers.

Cops time, courts, jail, rehab, homeless shelter, medical costs for him and his victims. If we put a real price tag on it then maybe someone would stop the revolving door that lets him back on the streets. It is because of people like him our family stopped using the central library. We never considered downtown as a location for our business and don't go there unless required to. This guy isn't just some homeless nutcase. He is a major drain on the city and while he deserves mental health treatment he does not deserve to be walking around with a box cutter. 

Darrell Crawford
Darrell Crawford

This is the face of Mental Health in the US. Want gun control? Yeah, because it's going to stop this guy from killing someone. But to keep him in a Mental Health facility would cost money. So instead, a Politician will call for gun control measures that are cheaper because if that Politician asked you for more tax money to fix the real issue, keeping this guy off the street, then he wouldn't get re-elected. That's your Political system at work people!

ChangingF8
ChangingF8

This is the face of Mental Health in the US these days. This is the reason all of you cry out for gun control, not the gun itself. Do you think this guy would care if there was a gun law in place or not? I wish I had the money to make a movie to open people's eyes to this problem. This guy may go to a psych ward, but he won't be there more than a month at the most and then they will push him back out onto the street. Does that Gun Control law make you feel safer knowing that this guy, who obviously has issues, would be back on the street that fast with no real solution for his problem and just as able to get a gun the day he goes in as the day he comes out? Do you know why the Politician would push for Gun Control instead of Mental Health Reform? Money. Money will decide the laws and not safety. Safety would be too costly, and we can't push more taxes onto the people if we want to get re-elected right?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

"Plano's First Liquor Store Predicts Booze Sales Will Boost City's Global Reputation"

it certainly did wonders for Gun Barrel City.

And no doubt, Plano will take a little pressure off of Downtown Dallas.

Maybe Dallas should pay for a $27 million dollar Mega Homeless Shelter in downtown Plano.

share the wealth.  They too can be . . . cosmopolitan.

DT Plano needs to . . . accessorize. 

observist
observist topcommenter

What surprised me is he stabbed someone on the street just 3 years ago and he's out doing it again.  Seems that either attempted murder assault with a deadly weapon or should have a prison sentence of more than 3 years.

Threeboys
Threeboys

"I'll fuck you up white boy..."

I expect he will be charged with a hate crime.

Dub919
Dub919

Unpopular (or, maybe popular, who knows) opinion time:  The city of Dallas has a public sleeping ordinance and downtown has a panhandling ordinance.  Yet, every morning on my walk through downtown to the DART station, I have to step over the same two or three homeless guys sleeping on the sidewalk and tell two more than I don't have a dollar they can have.  That's on a four block walk to Akard station that includes walking past two downtown hotels.  I'm sure the visitors to our fair 'burgh really enjoy the welcoming atmosphere.

We have a homeless shelter mere blocks from downtown, so I get that there's going to be homeless people down here.  However, DPD and the Downtown Dallas, Inc. Bike Patrol seem to be doing very little to enforce the ordinances we already have in place to combat these people from bothering visitors to the city and downtown workers & residents.

Now, for the unpopular opinion: the "StreetZine" program needs to booted from Downtown. These people aren't selling their newspapers.  They're just taking advantage of the program to panhandle...and they bring their non-Zine-selling friends with them to sit around on street corners bothering people for a dollar.  The only difference between them and the panhandlers that are no longer allowed in downtown...is the little permission slip around their neck that admonishes them from doing what others aren't allowed to.

Sorry for the homeless rant that is mostly unrelated...but, I'm getting really tired of dealing with it every single day.  I love where I live.  I love my city...but, seeing these people bother visitors to this city drives me up the wall.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

All the downtown beat cops were having a nosh at Enchilada's at the time...

Eric Rogers
Eric Rogers

I would cut someone too for their calamari.

James Day
James Day

Solution...Smith&Wesson 460 magnum...

Matt A Hale
Matt A Hale

"A piece of lasagna." Clearly they didn't here him finish.

downtownworker
downtownworker

"The 65-year-old didn't reveal the source of his beef with the pizza joint." 

Maybe that's because he was so cracked out he thought there was still a Woolworths there.

ptmoore2012
ptmoore2012

Let's keep an eye on this case. He will eventually be released. He will eventually kill someone.

ruddski
ruddski

"I'll fuck you up white boy..."

There goes his career with Food Channel.

dallasdrilling.wordpress.com
dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

Al fresco dining entertainment/assault in downtown Dallas......that will bring more people into the city.World class.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

If we had more literate citizens, one might have expected a riposte along the lines of:

"I think Oedipus is over at the courthouse!"

and that would have put an end to that.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

Let be get this straight.  Deranged and/or drugged man pulls a weapon and threatens people, then when DPD catches him, they give him a warning "don't do it again" and are going to let him go??  WTF???

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

welcome to the great american injustice system

logic4dallas
logic4dallas

This is typical of Dallas County especially when homeless are involved. Judges often go easy on homeless offenders.

One even went so far as to say "Prison would serve no purpose for a homeless, drug addicted, mentally ill person". So her bright idea was probation, putting him right back on the street where he could victimize citizens again....until the neighborhood where he was committing crimes stopped her by showing up with Brett Shipp and a cameraman the day she planned to sentence him to probation. Once the judge saw that, she closed the court, had a conference with the DA and defense...and suddenly she became "tough on crime" and sentenced him to 9 months. In Dallas you won't get justice until the DA and judges are held accountable.

http://www.wfaa.com/news/investigates/Residents-furious-over-revolving-door-repeat-offenders-137221013.html

The Bridge homeless shelter brings hundreds of people, such as the one from this story, to the downtown area causing havoc, and recently a murder.

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/22449161/dallas-man-beaten-to-death-with-wooden-block

There is a distinct difference between regular homeless and the dangerously mentally ill or desperately addicted homeless. However the city tries to address the homeless issue the same for everyone. By doing so they are wasting resources better used to help the homeless that just need a job and some stability, instead of those that are beyond reach with normal methods.

Putting the shelter downtown was a massive mistake. For all the money they have spent

the homeless number has only grown and at the expense of business and home owners downtown. They could have built a facility that could have addressed every level of homelessness from the functioning homeless to long term inpatient mental health care for those that need it, all for roughly the same amount they have spent, with the noticeable difference that there would be less homeless on the street and citizens would be much safer.

onelove1643
onelove1643

I agree that the Street Zine should go, I've never seen them sell a single one, as it's very poorly targeted. I've seen some of them yell and follow people trying to sell them, too. I love living downtown, and know that things like this are bound to happen, but it doesn't seem enough is being done to prevent it. 

I don't have the answer, but I imagine moving the greyhound out of downtown and being more strict with the ordinances would be a good start. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Dub919 I'm glad that noisy, obnoxious, aggressive StreetZiner finally vacated his Akard & Elm roost after years and years.  He was no more homeless than I am.

logic4dallas
logic4dallas

Actually they arrest them by the droves but the DA won't go after homeless aggressively and the liberal judges refuse to appropriately sentence repeat homeless offenders. And btw, even if a homeless person were to have several thousands in tickets that went to warrant status, they will stay no more than two days in jail and have the tickets cleared due to a contract agreement DPD has with the county jail on regards to housing class C prisoners.

Ashlee34
Ashlee34

@James Day That's what I kept thinking...  I'm glad you have a box cutter sir, now step aside before I pull out the big boy...  ;)

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Apparently, a more literate crowd at UP would go a long way as well.

  "I'm looking for a motherfucker to cut up!" he yelled, according to police.

Think about it.



logic4dallas
logic4dallas

He was arrested for agg assault, however he was also given a criminal trespass warning from the property so when he returns after spending about 20 days in jail, he can be arrested again for just being on the property.

todd
todd

@CitzenKim "I wasn't threatening nobody but that fat manager," he told police as they were making the short trip to Lew Sterrett, where he's held on a $50,000 bond for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and retaliation.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@CitzenKim  

Don't worry, it is all part of the plan to reduce the crime rate in Dallas.  Besides filling out all of that paperwork takes time.

observist
observist topcommenter

@logic4dallas "Prison would serve no purpose for a homeless, drug addicted, mentally ill person"

Here I thought prisons were supposed to benefit the people who aren't in them.

Dub919
Dub919

@onelove1643 I accept my neighborhood for what it is...and I know things like the Greyhound station were here before me.  I accept that.  If it's there forever, that's just what it is.  However, with that said...good effin' grief, I'd dance a little jig if they were to shut that thing down.

Dub919
Dub919

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I quit walking up Akard to avoid that guy.  It's been so long since I've walked that intersection, I had no idea he was gone.  Maybe I'll start taking that route again.

I'm as bleeding-heart lefty as they come...but, when I see these guys take money from some tourist walking down the street, then walk into the 7-11 on Commerce and Field to buy cigarettes...it makes me want to scream.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@downtownworker @dallasdrilling.wordpress.com 
That's nonsensical. The shooting was a targeted assasination of one individual, professionally killed to avoid any collateral damage, and certainly a one-off for Southlake. The killer is now in another part of the world, probably tipping his waitress and stopping at red lights.

OTOH, this is a repeated offense by a proven, violent offender who targets any and all citizens in his vicinity, and who has promised to do so again.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@todd @CitzenKim "The officers, at O'Brien's request, warned McRae to stay away from Campisi's OR BE ARRESTED. McRae, however, was unfazed."

[Caps are mine]

courtneylynnhelms
courtneylynnhelms

@CitzenKim @todd That sounds like they were issuing a trespass warning, so that if/when he comes back to Campisi's, he can be arrested just for being on the premises.

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