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Man accused of coffee shop disturbances, including watching porn in public

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Martin E. Baxter (Source: LMDC) Martin E. Baxter (Source: LMDC)
Tyler Martin Tyler Martin
Houston Miller Houston Miller

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man is accused of creating disturbances at several Heine Brothers Coffee locations over the course of six weeks, frightening customers and employees.

According to police, Martin Everette Baxter, 49, has shown nude photos of himself to an employee, and on another occasion, watched porn on a laptop computer and had to be asked to turn it off.

Like most Day's Espresso and Coffee on Bardstown Road offers free wireless Internet. "Some people come in and strictly buy things to access the WiFi," said Tyler Martin, a Day's employee. 

The same goes a few blocks down at Quills Coffee.

"It's a good place to sit down and study a lot of people work from home and they see it as their second office," said Houston Miller, the lead trainer at Quills. 

While sipping and surfing are encouraged, what's not is what police say Baxter was doing on his computer. 

"You have your private time and your private WiFi for whatever you want to do, but in a public setting there are certain social norms you have to abide by," said Miller. 

Police say Baxter repeatedly visited several Heine Brothers Coffee locations and frightened customers and employees. He's accused of showing nude pictures of himself to female workers and watching porn on his laptop. 

"It happens," said Miller. "Coffee shops draw interesting characters sometimes, so you have to be prepared to deal with them."

Luckily it's not something shops in this area experience a lot, but if it does happen they aren't afraid to speak up. 

"If anything is noticed we will say something or tell people to knock it off," said Martin. 

"Customer service also comes with the ability to keep other customers comfortable," said Miller. 

Police say Baxter appears to be homeless because he brings a lot of his belongings into the business and spreads them out. Customers won't sit near him.

Officers have told Baxter to stay out, but he persists in coming back to the business and even started sending Heine Brothers Coffee a series of vulgar emails, according to his arrest report. He has been combative with police, investigators said.

In addition, police say on January 27, Baxter was brought into the emergency room of a Louisville-area hospital because he was intoxicated, and then cursed at and hit a hospital employee in the arm and chest with a closed fist.

Baxter told a responding officer that he was "messing with the wrong person" and said, "you know what happened in Bardstown," an apparent reference to the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis in May 2013.

Baxter was arrested March 2 and charged with criminal trespassing, harassing communications, harassment, disorderly conduct and fourth-degree assault.

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