According to police, 49-year-old Alexis G. Chipman was living out of his car until last month, in the desert behind Lake Havasu City’s Walmart store. Chipman was known to enter the store’s Subway franchise and fill his refill cup at the restaurant’s soda fountain, according to employees.
On July 14, Chipman allegedly entered the restaurant and filled his cup with soda. According to the police report, an employee told Chipman that he would have to pay for it. Chipman instead emptied his cup and filled it with water, the report said, before throwing it at the employee.
“You don’t know what it’s like to live outside,” Chipman was quoted as shouting at the employee. According to police, Chipman then grabbed a pre-packaged sandwich from a nearby cart, and threw it at the employee before leaving the store.
Officers were called to the scene, and soon located Chipman. According to police, Chipman said he intended to fill his cup with water, and accidentally pressed the button for a soft drink. He believed the employee was accusing him of stealing, he allegedly told police, and lost his temper. Chipman allegedly admitted to throwing both his cup of water and a sandwich at the employee, and told police that the “heat was getting to him.”
Chipman was arrested on misdemeanor charges of assault, theft and disorderly conduct, and police contacted U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials to remove Chipman’s vehicle from the nearby desert.