The manager of the Clairemont restaurant attacked by a man armed with a knife; police arrest suspect

A knife-wielding man attacked and beat the manager of a Panera Bread restaurant Thursday afternoon in Clairemont, San Diego police said.

It is not immediately clear what led to the attack, which was reported just before 5 p.m. at the chain’s bakery-restaurant on Balboa Avenue near Genesee Avenue, the San Diego police officer said, John Buttle. The victim was bleeding from the head and face, although it is unclear whether her injuries were the result of being cut with the knife or being beaten.

At least one 911 caller reported the incident, telling dispatchers that a man with a knife who was “very animated” was assaulting the restaurant manager, Buttle said. It was then reported that the “suspect was dragging the manager in the middle of the parking lot… hitting him”.

At least one 911 caller reported that “two men were fighting and throwing chairs” and that at some point the victim may have also armed himself with a knife, Buttle said.

Officers rushed to the scene and arrested one person at 5:06 p.m., eight minutes after they were first alerted to the incident, Buttle said. Officers reported that the person they arrested was armed with a folding knife measuring approximately 5 inches.

Paramedics took one person to hospital in connection with the incident, Buttle said.

No other details were immediately available.

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