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Cigarette used to coax suspect out of El Cajon restaurant

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Posted at 8:46 AM, Dec 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 16:59:05-05

EL CAJON - A man who barricaded himself inside a restaurant in El Cajon after chasing a worker with a knife was taken in to custody after police coaxed him out with a cigarette.

The incident happened around 9 a.m. Saturday at the El Cilantro Fresh Mexican Grill on E. Madison Avenue, near N. 2nd Street.

A worker told police a man who was talking to himself and swearing entered the restaurant and grabbed a knife, chasing one of the workers. All of the employees were able to get out safely.

When police arrived, the man was barricaded inside the restaurant. Officers lured him out with a cigarette and took him in to custody. The suspect has not yet been identified.