Marion Christopher Barry, son of the late former D.C. mayor, threatened a teller and destroyed a surveillance camera at a Chinatown bank branch Tuesday, according to police.
Barry did not respond to telephone calls made Tuesday and Wednesday. Frederick D. Cooke Jr., a lawyer who has previously represented both Barrys, said Wednesday that he was not aware of the incident and had not been contacted by Barry or the police about it.
A message left for Barry’s campaign manager, John Rodriguez, was not returned Wednesday.
According to a preliminary police report released Wednesday, a man, whom police officials have identified as Barry, entered the PNC Bank branch in the 800 block of Seventh Street NW around noon Tuesday and sought to make a “large cash withdrawal.” He was told, according to the report, that his account was overdrawn and could not make the withdrawal he requested.
“You always give me a hard time,” he replied, according to the report. “I’m going to have someone waiting for you when you get off, you b----.”
He then threw a trash can over the security glass, the report said, striking and destroying a surveillance camera while the incident was being recorded on other cameras.
No arrest was made Tuesday related to the incident, said Lt. Sean Conboy, a police spokesman who confirmed basic details of the incident Tuesday but did not confirm Barry’s identity or other details.
Two police officials confirmed Wednesday that Barry is the suspect in the incident. Barry, they said, left the scene before officers arrived.
The manager of the bank branch referred questions to a PNC Bank security executive, who did not return a message seeking comment on the incident.
Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said Wednesday that the incident is under investigation and declined to comment on whether police are seeking Barry’s arrest.
On Jan. 5, Barry (D) announced his intention to seek his father’s seat and has since started the process of circulating nominating petitions in Ward 8.
Barry has been arrested several times in recent years and is on probation. Last month, he entered a plea deal to resolve charges related to two separate incidents last year in which he was found to be driving on a revoked license. In one instance, he was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
He agreed to serve nine months of probation for those offenses. Prosecutors declined to pursue charges related to two other arrests last year.