Man uses pepper spray on fellow employees at TJ Maxx


A Trenton man has been charged with multiple offenses after using pepper spray on a cashier and the store manager at the TJ Maxx department store at the Nassau Park Pavilion following a dispute over his break time, according to the West Windsor Police Department.

The man, who is a store employee, was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, issuing terroristic threats and simple assault in the incident, which occurred March 25, police said.

He reportedly became upset after he was told that he could not take a break outside of his scheduled break time, police said. He threatened to physically attack other employees and then left the store with his possessions, according to the allegations.

He returned a short time later with a cannister of pepper spray in his hand and walked behind a cash register. He sprayed the cashier with pepper spray, but the employee was able to block some of it with his arm, according to police.

Then the man sprayed the store manager in the face with pepper spray while she was on the phone with police. He ran out of the store before police arrived to investigate the incident.

The man turned himself in to West Windsor Township police on March 29 and was released, pending a future court date in Mercer County Superior Court.