LANCASTER (CBSLA) – Police asked to identify a person on Friday to help the public, saying they might dispute the chain’s face mask policy but punched a barista.
The attack occurred at a Starbucks on West Avenue I in Lancaster. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a man punched a barista when employees asked him to put on a mask to enter a coffee shop.
Lancaster station detectives seek the public’s help in ID’ing an alleged battery suspect to attack a local barista. When the employee asked for the mask, the person punched an employee. Do you know him? Help us keep our local businesses safe! Https: //t.co/pltphjU5Ix#LASD # AV411 pic.twitter.com/TQWHl75uiv
– LASD Lancaster Stan. (@LANLASD) 24 July 2020
Sources later reported that the CBSL may have involved the theft of a tip jar in the incident, but officials did not immediately confirm it.
Sheriff’s officials said they also wanted to talk to another person who was with the suspect.
In response to the incident, Starbucks released the statement: “Right now our focus is on our partners and their recovery. We would like to thank LASD Lancaster Station for supporting the safety of our partner and community, and we will continue to assist in their investigation in any way. “
Both men involved were described as black men. The suspect was described as 6-foot-2 and about 230 pounds, and appeared to be wearing a dark jacket and light-colored pants. The other man was described as 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds and wore a blue T-shirt and dark shorts.
Anyone with information about either man can call Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective Gragels at (661) 948-8466.