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Mar. 20 2021, Updated 1:08 p.m. ET

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A man who was angry about the mask policy in a Texas Jack in the Box allegedly stabbed the manager of the restaurant multiple times with a pocketknife

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According to police at a press conference, James Schulz, 53, came into the Jack in the Box on Wednesday night without a mask. Employees asked that he wear one or use the drive thru. 

He refused, and told restaurant staff that they didn’t want to serve him because he was homeless.

Schulz then walked toward the door. When the manager turned his back, Schulz allegedly ran behind the manager, tackled him, and stabbed him several times in the arm and upper torso with a pocketknife, police say.

Co-workers ran to help the manager and Schulz fled on his bicycle.

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The manager was brought to the hospital with three stab wounds, and has since been released.

"It's a very polarizing situation," League City Police Chief Gary Ratliff said. "Where some folks don't believe that there should be masks and others do."

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An arrest warrant has been issued for Schulz, who police describe as a “transient” in the area. He has not yet been located by police. 

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"A lot of these people have had some of these events, I don't know this manager, but have had personal events with loved ones that have died and passed away as a result of Covid, as some of our officers have," Ratliff said. "All I would ask is that people respect the opinions and the policies of these businesses."

"You can refuse to do business at those locations, or whatever it is you choose to do, but there's no reason to resort to aggressive behavior like this," he added.


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