Bond set for man charged with breaking leg off Jack Daniels statue, ransacking Hamilton liquor store

A Hamilton man charged with several felonies, including robbery, for allegedly vandalizing a statue and destroying hundreds of bottles of alcohol at a Main Street business remains incarcerated after arraignment.

Jacob Shane Wright, 26, of the 2000 block of Princeton Road, appeared in Hamilton Municipal on Monday, and bond was set at $125,000 by Judge Dan Gattermeyer. All the charges stem an incident Sunday at Noonan’s.

Wright was charged with robbery, two counts of vandalism, obstructing official business and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to be back in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.

According to Hamilton police, Wright entered the store about 4:35 p.m. and attempted to steal a bottle of alcohol was told to put down the bottle and leave.

He then went outside and broke off the leg of a statue of Jack Daniels and returned screaming and threatening employees, said owner Tom Noonan.

“He ripped the leg off Jack Daniels and came back in after my employees. They couldn’t get the door shut fast enough,” Noonan said. “He finally made it through the door and started breaking bottles, throwing them on the ground and ransacking everything.”

Wright kicked the store door and ran. He was spotted a short time later in the parking lot of CVS and was eventually apprehended by officers, but he put a dent in a police cruiser after jumping on it, police said. An officer also received a hand and leg injury, according to the police report.

Damage estimated to the inventory is about $10,000, with total damage estimated at $15,300, including the door, statue leg and cruiser, according to the police report.

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