Man Arrested After Belting Walgreens Worker With Bible

The holidays can really stress some people out. A man was arrested after he smacked a manager of a Walgreens store with a Bible on Easter weekend.

Police reported that Peter Owens went to a Walgreens store in Clearwater, Florida, on the evening of March 31, 2024, to purchase a pair of headphones. While at the business, Owens got into a “verbal altercation” with an employee over the headphones.

When Nicole Merck, the store’s manager, approached Owens and asked him to leave the Walgreens, the 35-year-old “used the brown Bible in his hand and struck Nicole in the face one time before he exited the store.”

After the battery, cops were able to locate Owens and took him into custody. Owens later did admit to striking Merck “in the face one time with his Bible because she was being rude to him.” He also stated that he didn’t mean to hit her.

The criminal charge against Owens was enhanced to a felony count since he has a 2020 conviction in Michigan for assault and battery. He was released from the county jail after posting a $5,000 bond and was ordered to stay away from that Walgreens location.