An Instacart shopper believed he heard someone loading guns in a bathroom stall. Police arrested a man with 6 guns

The witness rushed out of the bathroom and notified staff at the Publix Supermarket. When police arrived soon after, they arrested a suspect as he was exiting the bathroom — with six loaded guns in his possession.

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Rico Marley, now faces a slew of charges related to the incident, which came just days after 10 people were killed in a mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

It was that tragedy that was fresh in the mind of the Instacart shopper, Charles Russell, he told CNN affiliate WSB.

“I saw an AR-15,” he said. “And I was like, you know, this kind of startled me just again with events that recently happened in the grocery store up in Colorado.”

Authorities have not said what they believed Marley intended to do with the weapons.

According to the police incident report, Russell was entering the men’s restroom when he “heard clicking sounds from the bathroom stall.”

“It sounded to him like someone was loading firearms,” an Atlanta officer wrote. “He also told me that he saw an AR-15 style rifle leaned against the wall.”

By the time the officer arrived at Atlantic Station — a commercial and residential complex in Atlanta just north of downtown — the supermarket appeared to have been evacuated, the report says.

The officer wrote that he donned a ballistic helmet and took his city-issued rifle into the store, where he immediately saw the suspect coming around the corner from the restroom, just feet away. The officer ordered the suspect to put his hands up and not move, the incident report says.

“The accused appeared to be surprised when he saw us that close to him,” the officer wrote. Marley was detained without incident, the report says.

Suspect denied bond

After arresting Marley, police recovered six firearms: a DPMS AR-15-style rifle, a 12-gauge Maverick Arms Modell 88 shotgun, three semi-automatic 9 mm pistols and a .38-caliber revolver. All of the weapons were loaded and the rifle, shotgun and three 9 mm pistols all had a round in the chamber, according to the police report.

The suspect, who was wearing body armor when he was arrested, had the four handguns in his clothing while the rifle and shotgun were being carried inside a bag, the report says.

An photo of the weapons Atlanta police said Rico Marley had with him when he was arrested.

Marley has been charged with six counts of possession of a firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies and five counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Marley, who’s being represented by a Fulton County public defender, waived his first court appearance Thursday, where Judge Rashida Oliver ordered him to be held without bond due to the “danger risk to the community at large.” He’s being held in the Fulton County Jail.

The Fulton County Public Defender’s Office did not respond to CNN’s request for comment Thursday.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Publix said the company was cooperating with investigators and that “the safety of our associates and our

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Pandemic boredom prompts Halloween decor spree online, on Instacart and in stores

NEW TAMPA — When Target restocked a two-story cardboard haunted house for cats, Megan Copello ordered it immediately for curbside pick-up.

For the last month, Copello’s package deliveries have arrived almost daily. Boxes are packed with witch’s cauldrons, spooky village miniatures and porcelain pumpkins. The 41-year-old is the first to admit she has a problem, but she’s not sorry about it. She has always loved Halloween, but spending more time at home during the pandemic has supercharged her decoration obsession and online holiday shopping.

“I think it’s a mix of boredom dealing with everything,” Copello said. “It gives the this sense of comfort of the holidays coming. It’s Halloween, then it’s Thanksgiving, and then Christmas and then this year is finally over.”

COVID-19 has pushed retailers to build up their digital, pickup and delivery systems to meet increased demand in contactless shopping. Now pop-up seasonal store, Spirit Halloween, is partnering with Instacart to deliver its items like the app does groceries.

Related: Halloween candy still hitting shelves early, despite pandemic

Copello’s office is still closed. She works in corporate event planning, so her whole work life has been upended by COVID-19. Decorating has been an outlet.

“We believe the magic of Halloween is transformative,” Spirit CEO Steven Silverstein said in a statement about the Instacart launch. “This year, more than any other, we need the escape that Halloween brings.”

That National Retail Federation’s annual Halloween spending survey taken in early September found that shoppers plan to spend about 4 percent more on Halloween decor than they did last year. Copello said she has noticed items in-store selling out faster than usual.

Copello has a 16-piece Halloween village set up. She bought most of the pieces this year. [ Megan Copella ]

“I got a giant pumpkin door greet from Sam’s (Club) three weeks ago,” Copello said. “We went back to Sam’s the next day and no more Halloween stuff, like they couldn’t keep it in stock.”

The retail federation estimates Halloween spending will reach $8.05 billion this year, which is down from $8.78 billion the year before. The dip is expected because fewer people plan to celebrate due to the virus. But those who are celebrating are spending, on average, $92.12. That’s almost $6 more than last year.

Copello is well above that spending average and she suspects her neighbors are, too. She said seeing others going all-out this year inspired her to keep going, too.

“I have nowhere else to put Halloween decorations,” Copello said. “I’m at capacity.”

But when Aldi put out some new Halloween items on Wednesday, she couldn’t resist picking a wreath and a pair of plastic skeletons dressed as a bride and groom.

She’s still waiting on light-up witches to arrive in the mail for her outdoor setup. Her lawn decor, though packed with skulls, tombstones and skeleton gnomes, is still only half complete.

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