ASHEBORO, N.C. - A 26-year-old man is under arrest after he damaged a Truliant FCU branch here.

Local television station WFMY, reported that Corey Brower caused at least $25,000 in damage at the branch in a rampage that resulted in broken windows, computers and other equipment.

Brower is now sitting in a jail cell under a bond of $5,000, facing charges of injury to real property and communicating threats.

Truliant is a $1.76-billion institution based in Winston-Salem (about 40 miles northwest of Asheboro) with more than 188,000 members.

Police reported that the melee likely erupted after Brower was unable to withdraw money from a family account earlier this week.

Renee Shipko, a spokeswoman for Truliant, told Credit Union Journal, that the CU is grateful that no one was hurt in the incident and that employees at the financial center remain vigilant.

"The Asheboro branch is safe and open for business," Shipko said. "The holidays are quite a stressful time for people and sometimes that stress erupts in unexpected ways."

Shipko declined to comment on the $25,000 damage estimate that local media has reported.

An eyewitness told WFMY that Brower appeared to be in a trance-like state during the destruction. "When he was throwing stuff through the windows I didn't think he was too coherent. But other than that, when he was walking around he seemed calm and normal," said the eyewitness, Rodger Miller.

After police arrived, Brower seemed to have calmed down. "He knew he did wrong," Miler told the station. "He didn't try to run or anything. He didn't get belligerent with them. He didn't try fighting them or anything. He just peacefully gave up and that was it."

Brower's mother, Alisha, told WFMY that Corey has been in an out of jail and underwent in-patient treatment for various mental-health issues.

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