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Salisbury man charged with rampage at Concord Mills

CONCORD — Authorities arrested a Salisbury man Tuesday after they say he assaulted shoppers at Concord Mills mall and tried to steal a car from one.
David Leon Simpson, 32, of the 500 block of Alexander Lane, is charged with felony possession of cocaine; attempted common law robbery; two counts of assault on a female; simple assault; resist, obstruct and delay an officer; property damage; and disorderly conduct.
Around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, police officers responded to Concord Mills to investigate reports of an assault and property damage inside the massive shopping center in south Concord.
According to a Concord Police Department news release, they found a man had assaulted several people with his fists and had broken a display case inside one of the stores. The man also tried unsuccessfully to steal a vehicle from a person in the parking lot.
The officers took the man, later identified as Simpson, into custody in the parking lot.
All the victims received minor injuries. Officers believe the rampage was a random act and haven’t yet determined a motive, the news release said.
After his arrest, Simpson was also served with outstanding misdemeanor warrants from Rowan County on charges of disorderly conduct and resist, obstruct and delay an officer. He was being held in the Cabarrus County jail Tuesday evening under $78,000 secured bond.

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