Police: Man Goes Berserk on Bridge Street

Douglas Mills is alleged to have kicked a woman, stolen a coffee cup, and banged on windows, all while muttering gibberish.

Update: Mills allegedly assaulted an officer after he was placed in custody.

A Phoenixville man was arrested on Bridge Street last week after he assaulted a woman, stole a coffee cup, and caused disturbances outside several businesses before being pepper sprayed into submission, Phoenixville Police are reporting.

Douglas E Mills, 53, faces charges of simple assault, resisting arrest, theft, receiving stolen property, retail theft, and two counts each of disorderly conduct and harassment, stemming from the alleged September 28 incident.

According to court documents, a Phoenixville Police officer responded to the 200 block of Bridge Street at 9:14 a.m. that morning for a report of a man walking around kicking business doors.

The officer quickly identified Mills (“That’s him,” yelled a passerby the officer pulled up) and approached him as he walked towards Ellie’s Choice.

The officer confronted Mills in the alcove in the front of the store and asked him what was wrong. Mills proceeded to, according to the affidavit, “blade” his body towards the officer, hands raised. Mills then sat down on a step in front of the door and began speaking incoherently.

The officer again asked him if he was okay, at which point Mills sprung to his feet, coffee mug in hand. The officer told him to sit down, but Mills replied “No!” and continued to move towards him. Options limited, the officer pepper sprayed Mills and then, with the assistance of another officer, cuffed him and put him in the patrol car.

After Mills was securely in custody, a woman approached the officers and reported that he had poked and kicked her several times while they were in line at Heidi Sue Variety. 

Two other Bridge Street professionals had similar stories. A Steel City employee alleged that Mills stole a coffee mug from the café that morning while a State Farm Insurance rep told police Mills walked into her office, sat down, muttered unintelligible gibberish, then punched and kicked their glass doors as he left.

Douglas Mills faces a preliminary hearing on October 11.

Tom Sunnergren October 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Update: Mills, allegedly, assaulted an officer while in custody. http://phoenixville.patch.com/articles/police-after-bridge-street-meltdown-man-assaulted-cops-in-custody
birdfan October 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
why do we have a store down town right on bridge near steel city that sells and has "Water pipes" displyed in their front window. Isnt that considered drug paraphanlia. ???????????
harry finster October 11, 2012 at 08:24 PM
because you have demand for them by the locals
Goddess October 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Richard H., open air drug deals are going on by the Phoenixville Post Office too.
Goddess October 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Steve Powers, I too see people turn left from Nutt Road to West Bridge Street when the light goes green for Nutt Road. People look at the wrong light. Other people honk at them and they always appear clueless, still not knowing they turned left illegally. It's scary when you're on the sidewalk at that intersection. I'm not sure if signage could help. Pedestrians do something almost equally as dangerous there, they jay-walk across Nutt Road when it is not clear to walk (either towards or away from Walgreens). I'm not sure if they think the walk cycle missed them or if they just prefer to jay-walk. It is a long light cycle. Another problem is the sensor where 4th Avenue meets Lincoln Avenue by the old Mimo's. If cars sit too far back and not right up to the intersection, the sensor doesn't notice them. They think the light isn't working and drive through the red light, not realizing if they pulled up they would trip the sensor.


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