Brunswick police took a man to the hospital for evaluation Saturday after he allegedly punched a woman in the face at a convenience store on Pleasant Street.

The incident was reported shortly before noon. Brunswick Police Lt. Tom Garrepy said police initially received a call about a possible robbery at McDonald’s on Pleasant Street, which turned out to be an incident involving a man suffering from mental health issues.

The 26-year-old transient, who is from Virginia, went into McDonald’s and said “This is a robbery,” according to Garrepy.

However, either no one heard him or believed him, except for one man who went outside and called 911 on his cell phone. Garrepy said the suspect meanwhile walked behind the counter and grabbed a box of fries.

He was confronted by the manager, put the fries down and walked out without any further altercation.

Once he left McDonald’s the man walked down Pleasant Street a short distance to the Cumberland Farms where he allegedly made a comment to a woman leaving the store and punched her. The woman, who is in her early 30s, was taken to Mid Coast Hospital.

After the suspect allegedly assaulted the woman, he was tackled and restrained on the ground by a patron until police arrived. Officers were in the area responding to the initial call at McDonald’s. The man was taken into protective custody and transported to Mid Coast Hospital for evaluation, Garrepy said. He was issued a summons for the assault on the woman.

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