BOSTON, May 4, 2023 – A Lynn man who worked at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Revere is being held on $1,000 bail plus other conditions today after being arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges that he threatened to kill two BJ’s employees after he was fired for stealing from the store, District Attorney Kevin Hayden announced.
David Brown, 52, is charged with threatening to commit a crime, threatening a business, threats involving the use of a firearm, and two civil rights violations. Assistant District Attorney Amelia Singh requested Brown be held on $50,000 bail with conditions that he stay away from BJ’s, stay away from the victims and stay out of Revere, as well as be confined to his home with GPS monitoring.
Judge Holly Broadbent imposed $1,000 bail and ordered Brown to stay away from BJ’s and the victims, with GPS monitoring. She also ordered Brown to refrain from alcohol, to be enforced by screening. Brown will return to court May 30 for a probable cause hearing.
Brown has a 16-page Massachusetts record plus criminal offenses in Virginia and Maryland.
On Wednesday, May 3, Revere Police officers responded to the BJ’s on Ward Street for a report of threats. Store employees told them that Brown had called the store earlier that morning and told the person who answered the phone “I am going to kill you and (name withheld). I plan on putting two bullets in your (racial slur) head.” BJ’s personnel told police that Brown had been terminated on Tuesday, May 2 due to previous larcenies from the store.
“Being threatened in any way is frightening. But the terror factor is heightened in this case by the threats being made with such specificity and racial animus. I’m grateful for the BJ’s management team acting quickly to call Revere Police and relay exactly what occurred, so this individual can be held accountable for his reprehensible conduct,” Hayden said.
All charged individuals are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt