A man armed with a knife attacked and beat the manager of a Panera Bread on Thursday afternoon in Clairemont, San Diego police said.
It was not immediately clear what led up to the attack, which was reported just before 5 p.m. at the chain bakery restaurant on Balboa Avenue near Genesee Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said. The victim was left bleeding from his head and face, though it was unclear if his injuries were the result of being cut with the knife or being beaten.
At least one 911 caller reported the incident, telling dispatchers that a man with a knife who was “very animated” was assaulting the eatery’s manager, Buttle said. It was then reported that the “suspect was dragging the manager to the middle of the parking lot … beating the manager up.”
At least one 911 caller reported that “two males were fighting each other and throwing chairs around” and that at some point, the victim may have also armed himself with a knife, Buttle said.
Officers rushed to the scene and took a person into custody at 5:06 p.m., eight minutes after they were first alerted to the incident, Buttle said. Officers reported the person they arrested was armed with a folding knife that measured roughly 5 inches.
Paramedics took one person to a hospital in connection with the incident, Buttle said.
No other details were immediately available.