A group of five people in New Jersey walked out on their $70 bill and then assaulted and abducted a waitress who tried to chase them down, police say.
Around 11:15 p.m. on June 19, police say the 20-year-old waitress was taken away in a vehicle after confronting a group of people she served at Nifty Fifty’s in Turnersville, New Jersey.
According to authorities, surveillance footage shows the woman being pulled into a white Dodge Durango as one person flees the vehicle before it pulls away with the waitress inside.
Washington Township Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik told WPVI, “They pulled her into the vehicle and assaulted her inside the vehicle. The vehicle headed north on Route 42, made a U-turn and was heading south towards Monroe Township, and pushed her out of the vehicle.”
From there, the woman ran back to Nifty Fifty’s and immediately called the police, officials said.
According to police, she suffered a number of bruises and a possible concussion during the assault and abduction. She was taken to a local hospital, treated for her injuries and released, police said.
The suspects are still at large and were last seen driving the white Dodge Durango on Route 42 near Monroe Township, New Jersey, authorities said.
Gurcsik warned, “Do not chase after accused suspects and confront them yourselves.”
Instead, the police said you should try to note the license plate of the customers who dine without paying and call authorities.
The restaurant released a statement on social media as news of the incident spread.
"We value our employees and want them to know that no amount of money is worth their lives, nor is it their responsibility. We are sending thoughts and prayers to our employee for a speedy recovery," it read.
"This was an isolated incident and we are currently working with the local authorities to supply them with as much information as possible in an effort to quickly apprehend these assailants. We ask that any information you may have regarding this matter, please contact Washington Township Police Department at (856) 589-6650."