The last thing most people would expect to encounter at IHOP at 2:30 a.m. is angry, drunken belligerence. Tasty pancakes, sure ... but not violence. However, police in Seattle's East Precinct say violence is just what they encountered when responding to an IHOP on East Madison Street for a report of an intoxicated man picking fights with customers.
According to Seattle police, once they arrived at the scene they encountered an IHOP staff that wanted the 34-year-old man removed from the restaurant, for obvious reasons.
SPD Detective Mark Jamieson describes the event:
Officers arrived, contacted the man, and escorted him outside. Once outside in the parking lot, the 34 year old man became even more agitated, yelling at officers and striking one of the officers in the face with his hand. After a struggle, the officers took the man into custody.
The suspect was later booked into King County Jail on investigation of assault. Because of the alleged tussle he engaged in with responding officers, police say both the suspect and an officer were checked out at Harborview prior to the man's booking.
Sadly, calls to the IHOP in question have not been returned. I can only assume this is because they're: a) busy making tasty pancakes, or b) probably not allowed to officially comment to hacks like me about drunk guys getting tossed from their restaurant and arrested at 2:30 a.m.