Police in Massachusetts are searching for a man suspected of slashing a waitress after running out on his tab.
The suspect, Geraldo Reyes, allegedly attacked a waitress at Las Pupusas Del Chino in Chelsea late Monday after she confronted him when he refused to pay his bill. Reyes will face an attempted murder charge once he’s taken into custody, Chelsea Police Chief Bryan Kyes told the Boston Globe.
Investigators believe Reyes fled the restaurant after the 11 p.m. attack in a red sedan, possibly a Nissan with a Colorado license plate of GAQ 633, according to the police department’s news blog. Detectives released video Tuesday of the car driving away from the restaurant.
The waitress, who was not identified by police, was treated at a hospital before being released. The restaurant’s manager, Gilbert Ramos, told the Globe things were “pretty calm” at the eatery prior to the slashing, with just a few customers inside ahead of closing time.
Ramos said he went outside after someone told him a waitress had chased a customer who skipped out on his bill and saw the woman confronting a man in a car. The man had his driver’s side door open before putting the car in reverse. He then “rapidly put it in forward and took off,” Ramos said, with the waitress inside the vehicle.
Ramos said he believed the waitress must have jumped into the car to avoid being hurt when it sped off. The woman was found about two blocks away with a “nasty cut” on her neck, he said.