Sword turns out to be metal pole

By: Staff Report

UNION — A Union man was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly walking around on the roof of Union Medical Center wielding what appeared to be a sword but turned out to be just a metal pole.

Chuck Randall Lipsey Jr., 26, 215 Fairmont Street, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with disorderly conduct.

The incident report states that shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, an officer was advised by another officer that there was possibly a white male standing shirtless on top of Union Medical Center waving a sword. The responding officer was advised by the officer who’d notified him of the situation that there was no security working at the medical center and he’d been contacted by a member of the staff concerning the matter.

The report states both officers went to the scene and found a white male — subsequently identified as Lipsey — standing next to a brick wall back where the ambulances park. When asked by an officer what he was doing on the roof, the report states Lipsey said it was a nice view up there. The report states that Lipsey appeared to be under the influence of something. It also states that Lipsey had a bag containing numerous items that he said he’d found in various dumpsters.

The report states Lipsey was using profanity and the responding officer was advised by the other officer that the staff member who had reported the situation had come outside and Lipsey was shouting and using profanity at that time.

Lipsey was then placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and transported to the Union County Jail to be booked. He was subsequently released on a $544 personal recognizance bond.

As for the “sword” Lipsey appeared to be waving, Lt. Kevin Powers of the Union Public Safety Department said Tuesday that it turned out to be a metal pole which from a distance appeared to be a sword.

Man charged with disorderly conduct

Staff Report