A dispute over a mask can quickly escalate into a violent assault, as evidenced by surveillance video from a Jack in the Box.
The video was taken at a fast-food restaurant in League City, Texas, about 30 miles south of Houston.
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The fast-food manager is seen chatting to a man as he walks toward the restaurant’s exit in the video from Wednesday. The manager had told the man to wear a mask or use the drive-thru, according to police.
The man swiftly doubles back, reaches for the manager, and swings his arm with an object in his fist after the manager turns away. Although the video ends before the manager is stabbed, police say that other workers intervened during the ensuing struggle.
A pocketknife was used to stab the manager three times in the arm and torso. After undergoing treatment, he was discharged from the hospital.
After the attack, police think the man escaped on a bicycle.The League City Police Department’s official social media account shared screenshots from the video and asked for public assistance in identifying the man.
The League City Police Department needs the public's help identifying this man. He is suspected of stabbing an employee at a Jack in the Box in League City last night. If you recognize this man or have any information, please call 281-332-2566 pic.twitter.com/bgHe2XnZNR
— LeagueCityTX (@LeagueCityTX) March 18, 2021
James Henry Schultz, 53, was later identified by police.
During a press conference, League City Police Chief Gary Ratliff said, “[Schultz] belligerently refused and said they didn’t want to serve him because he was homeless and started screaming that he would be calling his attorney as he was filming with his cellphone.”
Ratcliff went on to request that the public respect companies’ mask policies.
“I would ask that people respect the rules that these local companies and other businesses have put in place,” he added. “A lot of these people, as well as some of our officers, have had personal events with loved ones who have died and passed away as a result of COVID.”
Schultz has been charged with aggravated assault and has an arrest warrant issued for him.
Here’s a video from the local news about the violent incident: