A Watertown man upset with a local head shop for selling his son bath salts was in city court Wednesday morning facing charges he smashed parts of the store with a baseball bat.
Forty-nine year old Daniel Avery told 7 News he did not regret what he did.
(We have posted video of our interview with Avery with this story. Click on the picture to watch.)
"I have to pay for my actions, that's the way it is, but somebody had to do it," he said. "It has to stop."
Avery allegedly used a baseball bat to break the glass front door of Tebb's Head Shop on Eastern Boulevard as well as a glass display case and some store merchandise.
(Police launched raids against the Watertown Tebb's store and other head shops across New York Wednesday morning. See our coverage here.)
Avery said his 24 year old son, Justin, became ill and was hospitalized after overdosing on the synthetic drug called bath salts.
Even though his son recovered, he said it made him mad and he felt he had to do something, so he went to the shop to tell them that selling the substance is wrong.
"I asked them why would you give this to kids when you know it's intentionally going to cause brain defects, cause them to go out and hurt themselves or someone else."
Avery admitted he lost control, but doesn't regret what he did.
"I can't even be responsible for my actions, because I was so upset that I just wanted to stop it," he said.
Avery said parents should be aware of bath salts and its dangers.
"It'll affect all your kids," he said, "and everbody needs to be aware these places are selling this crap."
"It's the kind of drug that causes brain defects," he said, "irreversible brain defects."
Avery was charged with third degree criminal possession of a weapon, third degree criminal mischief and second degree menacing.
The weapon and criminal mischief charges were upgraded to felonies because Avery was convicted of a burglary in 1982.
Monday, October 5, 2015, Watertown, NY
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