Police: Subway employee punches customer for stealing tips

SEATTLE -- A troublesome customer reportedly found out stealing tips from a minimum-wage employee isn't exactly taking candy from a baby last Saturday night in South Lake Union.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, a witness and a suspect walked into a Subway restaurant in the 2000 block of Fairview Avenue around 11:30 p.m.

The suspect had been inside the restaurant earlier that night bothering customers for money, according to the report. Now, he had gotten the witness to agree to buy him a sandwich.

While an employee was making the suspect's sandwich, the suspect reportedly reached into the tip box and grabbed the money inside.

According to the report, the employee quickly took hold of the suspect's arm and told him to let go of the tip box.

Instead of doing that, the suspect swung the box at the employee, narrowly missing his head, according to the report.

The employee later told officers he was afraid the suspect was going to attack him, so he punched the suspect in the nose, causing him to drop the tip box (though he retained possession of approximately $8).

The suspect walked outside, and the witness reported seeing him hand something to another man, who left the scene before officers arrived.

Officers arrested the suspect outside the restaurant and booked him into King County Jail for investigation of robbery. He had $2.50 in bills and change on him at the time.