Man pretending to be employee attempts to rob Mission Valley Chipotle restaurant at knifepoint

Would-be robber arrested, charged with assault

SAN DIEGO - A man was in custody Thursday after he allegedly posed as an employee and attempted to rob a Mission Valley restaurant at knifepoint, scuffling with real employees in the process, police said.

The incident occurred at Chipotle Mexican Grill at 1025 Camino De La Reina  around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego police Officer David Stafford.

A 38-year-old man dressed up as a restaurant employee knocked on the business' backdoor and was let inside by its manager, he said in a statement.

The imposter then got out a knife in the kitchen and demanded cash from the manager, who responded by grabbing him, Stafford said.

“The manager resisted and was cut on the hand and began struggling with the suspect," said Lt. Paul Rorrison with the San Diego police.

Other restaurant employees came to the manager's aid and one of them was cut during the scuffle, Stafford said, adding that the imposter was also cut but both injuries were minor.

Officers who happened to be in the area saw the scuffle in progress and took the would-be robber into custody on suspicion of attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, Stafford said. His name was not immediately released.

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