Good Samaritan Saves The Day, Stops Insane Man

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( – A man from California was apprehended after an incident at a pizza establishment where he allegedly threw lighter fluid on an employee and made threats to ignite him. The occurrence transpired at Allegro Pizza in Thousand Oaks on a Sunday afternoon, just before the restaurant opened for business. According to the restaurant owner, Raul Ferrero, the incident involved a cook who was preparing pizzas for his shift. A man named Robert Haight entered the premises accompanied by his small dog and approached the worker, throwing a liquid substance at him.

Initially, the cook presumed it was a harmless joke, mistaking the substance for water. However, when he detected the scent of gasoline, he realized the seriousness of the situation. Haight proceeded to spray the cook with lighter fluid and then armed himself with a knife from the kitchen, pursuing the cook as he sought refuge in the kitchen area.

Surveillance cameras within the restaurant captured the cook entering the kitchen holding a chef’s knife in one hand and a head of lettuce in the other. Haight followed closely behind, holding a knife in one hand while grasping his dog’s leash and a small bottle in the other.

Eventually, both individuals exited through the rear door of the establishment. At that moment, a bystander who witnessed the incident sprang into action, attempting to intervene. However, the good Samaritan also fell victim to Haight’s aggression as he, too, was doused with lighter fluid. Undeterred, the bystander managed to subdue Haight, reportedly knocking him out. Witnesses described the aftermath, with one person recounting how the assailant was left with a bleeding head. Another individual in the parking lot warned Haight to leave, threatening to render further blows if he persisted.

Thousand Oaks Police promptly apprehended Haight, charging him with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault with a caustic chemical. Subsequently, his bail was set at $500,000. The dog that Haight brought into the pizzeria was taken to an animal shelter to ensure its safety.

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