A 20-year-old who caused panic after he allegedly entered a Walmart store in Missouri while wearing body armor and carrying a rifle on Thursday said he wanted to test his Second Amendment Rights, according to a probable cause statement.
Shoppers were sent fleeing when Dmitriy Andreychenko entered the store wearing a bullet proof vest and military-style clothing in Springfield, before he was stopped by a hero firefighter who held him at gunpoint.
Andreychenko started recording himself with his cellphone while still in the parking lot of the Springfield Walmart on Thursday afternoon.
He got the body armor from the trunk of his car before grabbing a shopping cart and walked into the store, according to a probable cause statement seen by Fox News.
Dmitriy Andreychenko, 20, was arrested at a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri after he turned up to the store carrying an assault rifle, gun and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition. Police said he was armed but no shots were fired. He was arrested for making a terrorist threat
Andreychenko posted that he hates Walmart and that he can walk into a store ‘with a loaded .40 and nobody says anything’ in February
‘Mag dumping with the boys’: Dmitriy Andreychenko posted this on Instagram in June
Andreychenko reportedly said that he ‘wanted to know if Walmart honored the Second Amendment.’
The father-to-be revealed that he purchased the rifle and body armor due to three recent shootings and a stabbing, and wanted to protect himself.
‘Missouri protects the right of people to open-carry a firearm, but that does not allow an individual to act in a reckless and criminal manner endangering other citizens,’ Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson said in a statement announcing charges.
Patterson compared the actions of the accused to ‘falsely shouting fire in a theater, causing a panic.’
Andreychenko is facing a terrorist threat charge for the incident, which carries a sentence of four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 upon conviction.
After the 3150 W. Republic Road store manager pulled the fire alarm, the suspect escaped out of an emergency exit where the armed off-duty firefighter stopped him until police arrived.
Cops said: ‘His intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in the business here. In fact, he’s lucky he’s alive still, to be honest’
Cops told KSPR that he was filming himself while carrying the loaded rifle, another gun and ammunition and was making comments to shoppers as they fled the ‘chaotic’ scene.
Julie Belew, from Springfield, told the Springfield News-Leader that she was just about to leave her car when she heard a commotion and heard a police officer telling the suspect to ‘hold it’ as he walked down a hill.
She said she heard someone say: ‘Why are you walking around in a tactical jacket carrying a rifle?’
‘He did not seem surprised. He did not seem angry. He looked like he had accomplished whatever he wanted to accomplish,’ she told the publication.
A fire marshal was called out to the scene to inspect the suspect’s car, a gray Mazda sedan, that was left in the parking lot to ensure there were no bombs on the vehicle.
The suspect studied to be an EMT at Ozarks Technical Community College and refers to himself as a ‘part-time dispatcher, full-time farmer’ in one Instagram caption. An online profile says he started working at cargo company Roadway Express LLC in 2018.
A witness said: ‘He did not seem surprised. He did not seem angry. He looked like he had accomplished whatever he wanted to accomplish’
Police said the man was held at gunpoint by an off-duty fireman who stopped him after he was seen pushing a cart around Walmart
‘New toys for my collection!’: He shared an Anderson Arms AR-15 5.56 picture on Instagram
Andreychenko appears to be from Portland, Oregon, married and his wife Angelica states she is expecting ‘Baby Chenko’ in January 2020. Her profile states she has been married to the suspect since May 2016.
In June, Andreychenko announced: ‘This hunting duo is becoming an hunting trio!’
Lieutenant Mike Lucas told the Springfield News-Leader that the firefighter held the suspect at gunpoint, describing the scene as ‘chaotic’.
He said: ‘His intent obviously was to cause chaos here, and he did that.’
The incident happened five days after a mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart, left 22 people dead.
Lieutenant Lucas said Springfield police officers arrived on scene three minutes after the initial 911 call and described the suspect as ‘pretty stoic’ during initial police contact.
He said officers would be interviewing the suspect at the jail on Thursday to try to learn more about his motivations.
Andreychenko appears to be married and his wife Angie (pictured) says they are expecting ‘Baby Chenko’ in January 2020
‘Can’t wait for rifle season to start up again’: He posted this on Instagram in April
‘Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!’: He shared a snap in December of himself with a gift
He shares posts from an anti-gun control, anti-planned parenthood and anti-immigration stance
It was a ‘really scary, dangerous situation,’ police at the scene told local news, adding that they would investigate the man’s social media accounts to try to determine if a threat was intended or if he was live-streaming.
On an Instagram accounts for Andreychenko, who attends Connect Church in Springfield, he states: ‘Love my God, Love my wife, Love my guns’ and shows him practicing firing.
He mentions the Holy Bible’s Romans 1:16 on his Instagram profile bio. The passage reads: ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.’
He shares posts from an anti-gun control, anti-planned parenthood and anti-immigration stance.
Walmart issued a statement saying that the man’s behavior inside the store was ‘concerning’.
‘The behavior of a customer was concerning to those inside our store and out of caution, law enforcement was contacted. They quickly arrived, managed the situation without further incident and no one was injured,’ the statement read.
It comes after Walmart confirmed on Thursday it would be removing violent video game displays and signs from its stores.
Calls for an ‘immediate action’ to remove ‘violent themes or aggressive behavior’ circulated following two recent incidents in their stores.
A Walmart spokesperson said: ‘We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment’.
Missouri is an ‘open carry’ state that allows people to openly carry firearms without a special permit, but there are some restrictions, for example, on convicted felons.
Springfield police posted about the incident on their Facebook page to make the public aware of the incident
Lieutenant Mike Lucas said it was clear the man’s intent was to cause chaos. ‘His intent was not to cause peace or comfort…He’s lucky he’s alive still, to be honest’
The incident happened five days after a gunman entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and opened fire, killing 22 people