Surveillance footage, recently released by the city of Milwaukee, shows a man storming behind a restaurant counter to punch a manager in the face - an assault that was cut short thanks to the quick thinking of an armed co-worker.
The Milwaukee Police Department released the footage of the incident on Thursday in an attempt to identify and locate the suspect as soon as possible.
“It is sickening to see this unsuspecting worker assaulted so brutally by this individual,” Alderman Bob Donovan, chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee said in a press release. “It was an unprovoked attack.”
Video footage shows the employee, a mother of three, being punched in the face on June 29 at a George Webb eatery. Then, another employee can be seen pulling out a gun and exchanging words with the assailant, who soon retreated from the area.
The suspect was allegedly upset over the establishment’s service, according to WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.
Donovan said the armed worker has a concealed carry permit for the firearm.
“One can only imagine what might have occurred if that employee had not pulled out her weapon,” he said. “Sadly, I’m told the co-worker quit her job shortly after the incident. And can you really blame her for quitting? This is just sickening and I am tired of this crap happening in my district and in too many other neighborhoods across Milwaukee.”
The victim now faces thousands of dollars in medical bills to treat her injuries, which reportedly includes a concussion. She does not have insurance, Alderman said.
Although police have not released the suspect’s name, they hinted that they have someone in mind. According to WTMJ-TV, he’s a known alleged drug dealer.
Police are asking for anyone with information to call them at 414-935-7360.
[Photo: Milwaukee Police Department]