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Man with a chainsaw chases Portland McDonald’s employees into the parking lot

Chainsaw-wielding man, 26, went behind McDonald’s counter to steal food and drink – before chasing the manager in the parking lot

  • Alice Sweet, 26, was detained by officers with the Westbrook Police Department at a nearby Fireside Inn in Portland on Monday 
  • Sweet is said to have gone behind the counter as employees were preparing food, repeatedly revving up the chainsaw 
  • The suspect did steal a drink and food from the scene before leaving the fast food joint, police shared
  • Police arriving at the scene found Sweet at the VIP Tires on Riverside Street
  • He ran from officers but was quickly detained 

Alice Sweet, 26, was detained by officers with the Westbrook Police Department at a nearby Fireside Inn in Portland on Monday

A Maine man was arrested after he barged into a McDonalds with a chainsaw and chased workers around before stealing food and and a drink. 

Alice Sweet, 26, was detained by officers with the Westbrook Police Department at a nearby Fireside Inn in Portland, police shared in a press release

Multiple calls were made to police at around 3.30pm reporting that Sweet had been chasing people inside and outside the McDonald’s. 

An investigation found that Sweet had gone behind the counter as employees were preparing food, repeatedly revving up the chainsaw.

The suspect did steal a drink and food from the scene before leaving the fast food joint, police shared. 

When the manager confronted Sweet out in the parking lot, he began chasing the employee with the chainsaw. As he fled the scene, Sweet damaged two vehicles.

An investigation found that Sweet had gone behind the counter as employees were preparing food, repeatedly revving up the chainsaw. He was seen headed inside by witnesses

An investigation found that Sweet had gone behind the counter as employees were preparing food, repeatedly revving up the chainsaw. He was seen headed inside by witnesses

The suspect did steal a drink and food from the scene before leaving the fast food joint, police shared

The suspect did steal a drink and food from the scene before leaving the fast food joint, police shared

Police arriving at the scene found Sweet at the VIP Tires on Riverside Street. He ran from officers but was quickly detained, police said in the release.

Witnesses at the scene snapped a photo of Sweet as he went on his rampage at the Portland McDonald’s.

Others shared that just before going after the manager, Sweet was seen placing his drink down on the median in the road.

Witnesses shared that just before going after the manager, Sweet was seen placing his drink down on the median in the road

Witnesses shared that just before going after the manager, Sweet was seen placing his drink down on the median in the road

One mother shared that her 18-year-old son was working behind the counter preparing food

One mother shared that her 18-year-old son was working behind the counter preparing food

One mother shared that her 18-year-old son was working behind the counter preparing food, at the time of the attack. She shared her thanks that ‘no one was hurt or worse, killed.’ 

‘This could have easily turned into a very different night for my family,’  Bobbi-Jo Grenier said in her comment.

Sweet was charged with robbery, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest and violation of conditions of release.  

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