Cops: Diner refuses to pay tip, attacks waiter

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60th Precinct

Coney Island—Brighton Beach—Seagate

This customer was wrong

A 27-year-old man was arrested for allegedly refusing to pay for his dinner at a Coney Island Avenue eatery — and going on a rampage against the staff — on Jan. 31.

An employee told police that he was working in the restaurant near Brighton Beach Avenue at 2:10 am when the suspect took a seat and ordered a $6 plate of food. After the suspect finished his meal, he refused to foot the bill and when the waiter protested, the man became enraged and hurled his cellphone at the victim, assailed him with a flurry of blows, and then smashed the establishm­ent’s tip jar, which he then stole before fleeing, cops said.

Lights out

A 28-year-old man was arrested for allegedly attacking another man on Brighton 10th Street on Jan. 29.

The victim told police that he was between Coney Island and Ocean View avenues at 9:35 pm when the suspect slugged him in the face, causing him to fall backwards and strike his head on the pavement.

— Colin Mixson

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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