Employee injured during alleged dine-and-dash

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published May 20, 2019


WARREN — An employee reportedly suffered a minor injury after she was struck by a vehicle occupied by four men who allegedly tried to leave a Warren restaurant May 14 without paying for a meal.

Detective Sgt. Paul Houtos, of the Warren Police Department, said the four men, described only as black and in their 20s, left Kabob House, 28620 Van Dyke Ave., at about 8:30 p.m. without paying a $33.45 bill. An employee reportedly followed them outside and stood in front of their vehicle, a white 2001 four-door Honda Accord that was apparently backed into a parking space.

“She yelled, ‘No, you’re not leaving. You need to pay for your food,’” Houtos said. “The occupants of the car shook their heads ‘no.’ The driver was kind of pumping his brakes, accelerating, trying to get her to back away. The vehicle ended up striking her leg.”

Houtos said the employee refused medical treatment for what was believed to be a minor injury. The incident remained under investigation at press time.

The driver could face a felony charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. Leaving a restaurant without paying for food is a misdemeanor offense.

Anyone with information about the case can reach Detective Cpl. Donald Viars at (586) 574-4835.