The violence seemed to come out of nowhere at a Burger King in New Jersey.
According to police, a man entered the restaurant in Wayne and assaulted an employee. While the March 27 incident is still being investigated, the man had an argument with workers at Burger King itself that same day about not wearing a mask.
Wayne Police Department officers arrested David Siversten after locating him near the Newark-Pompton Turnpike, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. According to the officers, when they approached Siversten, he said “You got me.”
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Siversten allegedly entered the BK and began strangling a woman who worked at the restaurant. Fortunately, another worker intervened, at which point Siversten allegedly fled the scene.
While the victim reportedly complained of pain after the attack, she apparently refused to be taken to hospital.
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Earlier that day, a suspect (who was also determined to be Siversten) entered the same Burger King without a mask. According to the police, he argued with the staff and the authorities were also called. The man fled the restaurant before the police arrived.
The officers who arrested Siversten described him as “agitated” and “appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.” He has been charged with aggravated battery. According to Wayne Police, Siversten was injured during the booking process when he was unwilling to cooperate and “intentionally” struck his head against a steel bench.
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The man required medical attention and was taken to a nearby hospital, then transferred to the Passaic County Jail.