Gun-wielding Applebee's customer intervenes when man attacks staff with knife: police

Gun-wielding Applebee's customer intervenes when man attacks staff with knife: police

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An armed Applebee's customer in New York helped stop a man who allegedly attacked the staff with a steak knife, police say.

New Hartford police officers responded to the restaurant around 6:42 p.m. Saturday for multiple reports of a fight involving a knife and a handgun.

Once on scene officers learned that 28-year-old Esteban F. Padron entered the restaurant after being asked to leave on a previous date due to acting disorderly.

Applebee’s staff recognized Padron from the previous incident and immediately asked him to leave. While escorting Padron out, he began attacking an Applebee’s staff member. Padron was able to run back behind the bar, grab a steak knife and continue fighting with multiple staff members, according to a news release on social media. 

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File photo of an Applebee’s in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 18, 2013. A man legally carrying a handgun intervened when a man was attacking staff members with a steak knife in New York Jan. 14, 2023.  (iStock)

While staff was attempting to gain control of the situation, one staff member suffered a laceration to his face, allegedly as a result of Padron swinging the knife at him. A second Applebee’s staff member involved also sustained a non-life-threatening injury.

A restaurant diner legally in possession of a handgun watched the incident unfold, and intervened by drawing his weapon while giving Padron commands to stay on the ground and let go of the knife. 

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New Hartford Police Department continues investigating an incident that happened at an Applebee’s involving a man with a knife on Jan. 14, 2023.

Padron discarded the knife and stayed on the ground until New Hartford Police Officer’s arrived at the scene and took Padron into custody.

Padron was charged with one count of attempted assault, two counts of assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon.

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After being charged he was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The investigation continues, and additional charges may be filed against Padron. 

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