Police: Unruly customer hits restaurant employee with cane

SEATTLE -- A disruptive customer who refused to pay his bar tab attacked an employee with one of his canes Friday afternoon at a Belltown restaurant and later tried to use semantics to get out of being arrested, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the suspect, a man in his 30s who requires two canes to walk, entered the restaurant in the 1900 block of Second Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. and proceeded to the bar, where he ordered a $3 beer.

After getting his beer, the suspect started a disturbance with another patron and tried to light up a cigarette, according to the report.

The bartender told the suspect he couldn't smoke inside and gave him his check, which the suspect reportedly refused to pay.

According to the report, another employee threatened to call 911 if the suspect didn't pay his tab, and the suspect whacked him in the testicles with one of his canes.

The employee pushed the suspect away from him and called 911. The suspect left the restaurant while the employee was on the phone, but officers caught up with him a block away.

According to the report, the suspect tried to argue his away out of being arrested by saying he doesn't even have a cane, refusing to say what he calls the two devices he uses to walk. Officers informed the suspect they do consider the devices canes and arrested him.

According to the report, the suspect rushed officers twice when they attempted to put him in a precinct holding cell, but he was eventually booked into King County Jail for investigation of theft and assault.