Police: Irate customer knocks out bar server's teeth

SEATTLE -- A woman helping out a family member by working a shift at his Yesler Terrace bar last weekend had her teeth knocked out by an irate patron, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim was working at the bar in the 1200 block of South Main Street when a customer asked for another drink shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday.

The victim explained to the man that she couldn't serve alcohol after 2 a.m., but he became angry and started yelling at her, according to the report.

During the argument that followed, the man reportedly tried and failed to slap the victim, who started to walk away. According to the report, that's when the man threw a beer bottle at her, hitting her in the face.

The man and his two friends left the bar, and the victim called 911. One of the man's friends reportedly returned a short time later and told the victim where the man had gone.

The victim, who was feeling dizzy and bleeding from the mouth, got tired of waiting for officers to respond and went home to sleep. She went to Harborview Medical Center for treatment the next day.

When officers caught up with her in the emergency room that evening, she told them a number of other patrons saw the attack, but she had no way of contacting them. She described her attacker as a tall black man in his mid-30s with a heavy build and short black hair. She said he was of Ethiopian descent and spoke both English and Amharic.

The victim suffered a cut to her lip and a knocked out tooth. She had multiple teeth that were knocked loose and would likely have to be removed.