Wallingford

Police: Man refuses to pay tab, assaults bartender's partner

SEATTLE -- When asked if he was going to pay his tab, a patron at a bar in Wallingford said no in the most needlessly antagonistic way before eventually assaulting the bartender's partner, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The situation took place around 9:45 p.m. May 1 at Changes when a patron appeared to be leaving without paying his tab.

According to the police report for the incident, the bartender asked the man if he was going to pay for his drinks, and the man responded by taking money out of his pocket and looking at it before refusing and asking what the bartender was going to do about it.

When the bartender said he was going to call the police, the man offered to fight him before leaving the bar and walking off down North 45th Street, according to the report.

The bartender and his partner, who happened to be at the bar, followed the man while calling 911. But, the man turned around and reportedly punched the bartender's partner in the chest when he noticed he was filming him with a cellphone.

The man ran off after the attack, but another patron at the bar said the man works as a cook at a French restaurant at Fourth and Pike.