McDonald's manager stabs man in chest while being punched, attacked

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    DES MOINES, Wash. (KOMO) - A manager at a McDonald's restaurant stabbed a man in the chest Sunday afternoon after being kicked and punched several times, police said.

    The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. in the 22600 block of Pacific Highway South after the 20-year-old manager asked a group of five people loitering near the restrooms to leave the restaurant, said Cmdr. Doug Jenkins of the Des Moines police.

    The group refused to leave and an argument ensued. One of the people in the group threatened to shoot and assault the manager. The same suspect then spit on the manager, threw a milkshake on him and punched him in the face.

    At that point, the manager pulled a small knife from his pants pocket and stabbed his attacker once in the chest, Jenkins said.

    The suspect, a 28-year-old man, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in downtown Seattle. The extent of his injuries are unclear, but they were not believed to be life-threatening.

    The manager suffered minor injuries and is expected to be OK, Jenkins said.

    Everyone remained on scene after the incident and cooperated with investigating officers.

    No one has been arrested in connection with the incident so far. Once the investigation is finished, the case will be sent to the King County Prosecutor’s Office for review and a determination if any charges will be filed.

    The following statement was issued by the management of the McDonald's restaurant where the incident took place:

    "The safety of our customers and our people is of the upmost [sic] importance. This is now a police matter and we ask that all questions are differed to local law enforcement."

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