BELLEVUE, Wash. (KOMO) – Authorities said a man has been charged after attacking a bartender with a meat grinder due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Michael Dousa, 58, allegedly raised a meat mince when he threw himself at a bartender after being asked to leave a Bellevue Applebee’s as he could not provide evidence of vaccination.
Detectives said that when Dousa came outside, he shouted and waved the knife.
When the bartender asked him to leave, police said Dousa went after him with the gorge raised above his head, but the bartender closed the door before he was hit.
Two Applebee’s customers, siblings Angela and Levi Hudson, said it’s outrageous when people still do not understand the impact of the pandemic.
“We have had family who have become ill and who have died of COVID,” Angela Hudson said. “It’s a little frustrating to see people just come in and not wear a mask and be violent.”
Levi Hudson said he does not believe violence is ever the answer.
“I do not think you should be violent, for I think it is some of the most ridiculous thing you can do,” he said. “You do not help people by being violent.”
Just a few weeks ago, prosecutors said a woman named Angela Nommensen was seen on surveillance video repeatedly refusing to wear her mask inside a gas station.
When the clerk forced her outside, she drew a gun at him.
Prosecutors see several reports of this type of crime.
“Maybe it’s because people are so close to being at the end of the pandemic that they’re getting more frustrated that we’re so close and it’s not done,” said Casey McNerthney, a spokesman for King County’s prosecution. .
“But no matter what, when you pull a meat knife at someone, when you pull a gun at a gas station, and we can prove that case, you’ll be charged for it.”
Dousa is now charged with aggravated assault. Prosecutors said he already had two pending charges of assault in connection with an unrelated case from back in July.
Nommensen pleaded not guilty to aggravated harassment.
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