Police request help identifying suspect in McDonald's assault case

Ksenia Novikova
May 31, 2018
06:18 A.M.
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The Lacey Police Department took to Twitter to ask citizens for help identifying a man who threw hot coffee in the face of a McDonald’s employee.


According to KIRO7, the incident took place on May 25, when the still unidentified man went to the McDonald’s restaurant in the 500 Sleater Kinney Road Southeast for a cup of coffee, which was only $0.97.

After complaining about the price, he poured it into his to-go mug and asked the manager for a refill. The employee did so but the man’s complaints kept coming.

Soon after that, he got verbally violent, what led the manager to ask him to leave. Clearly upset, the man threw his freshly served coffee into the manager’s face and fled.


Since the coffee was extremely hot, the manager had to be treated for third-degree burns on her side of her face and neck. Due to the fact that the assaulter left the restaurant as soon as he threw the coffee, police officers have not found him yet.

When they do so, however, he will face assault charges and will have to spend time in jail. Thanks to the McDonald’s surveillance video, the Lacey Police Department could gather images of the criminal and posted them on their social media accounts.

KIRO7 revealed that the coffee could have been more than 170 degrees


The man, who might have a serious mental and/or anger management problem, was carrying camping gear and was very likely to be near the area where the incident took place, said the police.

Sgt. Dave Campbell added that depending on the burns, the degree of assault that the man will face might vary. However, Campbell set clear that when they find him, they would book him in jail so he could ‘think about what he did.’

Apart from carrying camping gear, the man has a very distinctive long, white, goatee beard and is in his sixties. So far, the Lacey Police Department has not revealed more information about the case.