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A New Jersey waitress was pulled into a car and assaulted after chasing after a group that had skipped out on their bill, authorities say.
The five suspects allegedly walked out on a $70 bill Saturday night at Nifty Fifty's restaurant in the Turnersville section of Washington Township, at which point their unnamed 20-year-old waitress ran after the. The attack came after the woman chased the group after they walked out on a $70 bill.
The suspects were attempting to drive away in a white Dodge Durango when the waitress confronted them, as seen on a surveillance video obtained by ABC 6 Action News. The woman was then pulled into the vehicle, while one suspect fled on foot before the car drove away.
“They pulled her inside the vehicle and assaulted her inside the vehicle,” Washington Township Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik told ABC 6 Action News. “The vehicle headed north on Route 42, made a U-turn, and was heading south towards Monroe Township, and pushed her out of the vehicle.”
Washington Township is in southern New Jersey, about 20 miles from Philadelphia.
The waitress was able to return to Nifty Fifty’s restaurant and call the police, according to the Philadelphia-based news outlet. Police say she was taken to the local hospital but released, and that she suffered from bruising and a possible concussion.
The Washington Township Police Department published surveillance photos of the suspects on their Facebook page. Two of the suspects appear to be women, with one wearing brightly colored pink Crocs.
Police Chief Gurcsik cautioned future employees against chasing people who skip out on their bill, saying it’d be more advisable to take down the license plates and report them to their local police.
“Do not chase after accused suspects and confront them yourselves,” Gurcsik told ABC 6 Action News.
An employee from Nifty Fifty’s, described as a 1950s-themed diner, told Oxygen.com that they were not allowed to comment about the incident
According to the appeal of information of the police department’s Facebook post, anyone with information about the case Det. Mike Longfellow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (856) 256-1212 or (856) 589–0330, ext. 1160.
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