Man Stabs Fast-Food Employee in Texas After Being Asked to Wear Mask

An arrest warrant was issued for a man suspected of stabbing an employee at a fast-food restaurant in the Houston metro area on March 17, after a confrontation over the restaurant’s mask policy, police said.

Police in League City, Texas, said in a press release that the suspect, a 53-year-old man, “refused to cooperate” with Jack in the Box’s face mask policy. The suspect confronted employees and then attacked the restaurant manager with what police think is a pocket knife.

This video shows the suspect exiting the restaurant before re-entering and charging at the Jack in the Box employee while brandishing a weapon. The League City Police Department said the employee was stabbed three times in the arm and upper torso.

The Jack in the Box employee was taken to the hospital and later released. Police said they have been “actively searching” for the suspect.

The statewide mask mandate in Texas was officially lifted on March 10, but businesses can still require masks “at their own discretion,” according to Gov Greg Abbott’s announcement. Credit: League City Police Department via Storyful