Officers take down fugitive inside busy Subway restaurant

SAN DIEGO - Cameras were rolling Friday as members of the San Diego Fugitive Task Force stormed into a Clairemont Subway restaurant looking for a man wanted for assault.

"All of a sudden, I hear these cops rush into the room and say, 'Get down on the ground,'" Subway employee Steven Lemus said.

Lemus was behind the counter when 30-year-old Anthony Joseph Wilson was arrested. Investigators say Wilson was wanted for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's Lakeside home and brutally beating her new boyfriend last December.

"Really scared out of my mind because I thought, 'What if something … goes wrong,'" Lemus said.

Authorities say they feared Wilson was armed. He previously claimed he would run or shoot it out with police, according to authorities.

"I knew he was having some issues, but I didn't know anything to that extent. We were just meeting up to have some lunch and that's it," said Kristi, the suspect's friend.

The woman said she was meeting up with Wilson at the restaurant when her lunch date took a dramatic turn.

Officers say the man resisted arrest, and at one point they almost had to use a stun gun on him.

Thanks to a tip, the task force tracked down Wilson and booked him in to jail.

It was a normal day for officers, but quite the opposite for the Subway employees.

"Pretty crazy morning for me on Valentine's [Day]," Lemus said.

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