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Vying for his father’s Ward 8 D.C. Council seat apparently hasn’t kept Christopher Barry from his run-ins with the law. The younger Barry was reportedly involved in a dispute Tuesday at a Chinatown bank that involved threatening a teller and destroying a surveillance camera.
A police report, first reported by NBC4, describes Barry becoming angry after a teller at the PNC Bank located at 833 7th St. NW told him his account was overdrawn as he tried to make a “large cash withdrawal.”
A furious Barry threatened the teller, according to the report.
“You always give me a hard time,” Barry said, according to the report. “I’m going to have somebody waiting for you when you get off, you bitch.”
Barry allegedly went further, tossing a garbage can over a security wall, wrecking a security camera in the process. The report estimates that the damaged camera is worth between $500 and $1,000.
The attack was captured on other surveillance cameras, according to the report, embedded below.
Barry, one of the frontunners to replace father Marion Barry in the April 28 special election, hasn’t been charged in the incident. Neither Barry, campaign manager John Rodriguez, or longtime Barry family attorney Fred Cooke returned requests for comment.
If Barry is charged, it will be far from his first encounter with the law. In 2011, police caught him jumping out a window to avoid being busted with marijuana and a vial of PCP. Last year, he had multiple brushes with police, including charges for a DUI, driving on a suspended license, and possessing synthetic marijuana. Barry was also charged in 2014 for failure to obey a police officer after he alleged approached one with clenched fists during a dispute.
Updated after 5:30 p.m. with more information from police report
Photo by Will Sommer