Sunday, June 29, 2014

Man wearing leopard-print bikini top and ruffled skirt injured diners after loss of his phone

A cross-dressing man upset about losing his cellphone at a San Diego restaurant flew into a violent rage there on Friday, hurling objects that injured two diners before stealing someone else's phone and fleeing.

The man, described as black, in his 20s, 6 feet tall, thin, with shoulder-length braids or hair extensions and dressed in a black ruffled skirt and a leopard-print bikini top, entered the Denny's on El Cajon Boulevard shortly before 12:30pm and told a worker he lost his mobile phone in the business earlier in the week, according to San Diego police.

He demanded to see surveillance video to try to determine what had happened to his phone, and became irate when a manager said such a viewing would be against regulations, Lt. Andra Brown said. The man and a female customer then got into an argument, during which he picked up a serving skillet and hit her on the head with it.

She responded by dousing him with coffee, Brown said. During his rampage, the man also hurled a coffee mug that hit a retirement-age patron in the chest and threw a soup ladle, drinking glasses and silverware around the restaurant. Finally, he grabbed a customer's cellphone and stormed out. He drove off in a green Volkswagen Beetle, Brown said. Medics took the woman and man hit by the utensils to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.

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