Employee locks herself in the bathroom after man brings knife into Subway
Summit County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who brandished a large kitchen knife at the Subway in Kimball Junction on Feb. 14.
An employee told authorities the man was “behaving oddly” and pacing around the store with his hands in his coat before he approached her at the counter, a Sheriff’s Office report states.
He pulled out the knife and placed it on the counter before purchasing one cookie, overpaying by several dollars, the report states. Lt. Andrew Wright, with the Sheriff’s office, said no threats or gestures were made with the knife. But, he called the situation concerning.
The employee then went to the back of the store while the man was sitting at a table and locked herself in the bathroom, the report states. When a coworker arrived, the man was pacing around the store.
While the coworker checked on the woman in the bathroom, the man left, Wright said. The employees called 911 at around 5:36 p.m. Deputies circulated the area, but were unable to locate the man. The report states he was wearing a black and yellow coat and was likely in his 30s.
An employee said the man had been in the store between 4 and 6 p.m. several days prior and also purchased a single cookie on that day. It is unclear if he had a knife at that time.
“As far as like actually demanding anything or stating that he was going to hurt anyone, that has never happened,” Wright said. “But, it is still bizarre behavior. He just paces and purchases a cookie. But, this time he placed a kitchen knife on the counter. It is super concerning because he seems to be escalating his behavior.” Wright said the Sheriff’s Office hasn’t been able to identify the suspect. Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from nearby businesses to figure out who he is and whether he approaches the area on foot or in a vehicle.
Wright said it is not the first incident involving a knife to occur at the Subway. In 2018, a man robbed the store at knifepoint. He said the suspect was later caught and the incidents are not likely related.
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