A grieving man who sprinkled some of his fiancée’s ashes at a Florida LensCrafters will not be charged with a crime for the incident that prompted a two-hour shutdown of the Westfield Southgate Mall in Sarasota.
The man, whose name was not released, threw the ashes in the eyeglass store because his fiancé had a connection to LensCrafters, NBC Miami reported. It’s unclear what that connection was, but authorities decided not to pursue any criminal charges against the distraught man.
“He did not realize the commotion he would cause,” Sarasota Police Lt. Pat Ledwith told the Tampa Tribune, adding that the man was “very apologetic” and had “no malicious intent” when he sprinkled his fiancée’s ashes inside the LensCrafters.
While he will not face criminal charges, it’s possible that the Sarasota Fire Department may seek civil costs from the grieving fiancé, NBC Miami reported.
The incident occurred around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday and led officials to briefly close down the mall as police investigated, the Tampa Tribune reported. First responders in hazmat suits collected samples of the then-unknown substance to determine whether it was hazardous, according to NBC Miami.