CHELSEA (CBS) – A waitress was slashed after police say she chased a man who skipped out on his bill at a restaurant in Chelsea. Police are now seeking the public’s help identifying the suspect.
Officers were called to Las Pupusas Del Chino on Washington Avenue around 11 p.m. Monday shortly after the attack.
The waitress told them she chased the man outside after he failed to pay his bill. When he tried to get into his car, she confronted him and that’s when she said the man pulled out a knife and sliced her in the neck and on her right hand.
He drove off. The waitress, who police said is in her early 30’s, was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she was treated and released.
Police say the car involved is a red sedan, possibly a Nissan, with a Colorado license plate GAQ633. The suspect, who has not been identified, is said to be dangerous. Police released a photo of the man Tuesday night.
“The circumstances of the incident lead us to believe that he is a danger, that he would attack a female over a bill, so we’re taking him as a serious suspect and someone who is a danger,” Chelsea Police Capt. Keith Houghton told WBZ-TV Tuesday.
He also had a warning for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation.
“Sometimes your instincts get ahead of you and you chase someone out and you don’t expect that to ever happen, but sometimes just get the license plate, call the police and let us try to follow it up,” Houghton said.
The victim has been interviewed by police. She has worked at the restaurant for more than a year.