Beer theft suspect sprays insecticide at reporters

August 18, 2010 4:17:32 AM PDT
A man accused of accepting stolen beer from a warehouse driver who killed eight co-workers was charged with new crimes Tuesday, after he was caught on video spraying two TV journalists with what appeared to be insecticide.

The video shows 33-year-old Sean Quail spraying a reporter and cameraman from Fox affiliate WTIC-TV outside Enfield Superior Court, where Quail's wife was arraigned in the same theft case.

Reporter George Colli and cameraman Alan Chaniewski, who shot the video, were not seriously hurt. Colli reported that Chaniewski ran across the street to a firehouse and was hosed off.

Authorities say Sean and Christy Quail of Enfield accepted beer stolen by Omar Thornton from Hartford Distributors in Manchester.

Police say Thornton, a driver for the company, shot eight workers to death, wounded two others and killed himself on Aug. 3 after being forced to resign for stealing.

The video shows the Quails leaving the courthouse Tuesday. Sean Quail is seen getting into the passenger's side of an SUV, grabbing a spray can and spraying the journalists. The footage includes Quail spraying directly into Chaniewski's camera lens.

The SUV was driven away, but police say they arrested Sean Quail shortly after.

Sean Quail was ordered held on $25,000 bail on charges including carrying a dangerous weapon, misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment. If he doesn't post bail, he will be arraigned at the same courthouse Wednesday.

Christy Quail's case was continued to Sept. 13.

The Quails are charged with misdemeanor larceny in the theft case.


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