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Morris County man assaults manager, threatens to kill staff after refusing to wear mask at a Morristown restaurant

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man is facing a slew of charges after he allegedly assaulted a manager and then took out a knife and threatened to kill the employees inside a Morristown restaurant on Wednesday night after being refused service because he wasn’t wearing a mask.

On Dec. 9, at around 10:30 p.m., Morristown police were called to Fatty’s Restaurant, located at 46 Morris Street, for a report of an assault involving a knife, police said.

According to police, Jose Canales, 21, of Morristown had caused a disturbance inside Fatty’s Restaurant while attempting to order food after Manager Mauri Colin had asked Canales to leave the store because he was not wearing a mask in accordance with current Executive Orders.

Colin stated that when Canales refused his request and became disrespectful, he cancelled his food order and returned his money. According to Colin, at that point, Canales began to assault him by punching him over the counter, police said.

As Colin attempted to protect himself, Canales allegedly produced a small knife from his pocket and threatened staff members. Canales allegedly threatened to kill the restaurant employees and then threw the knife at staff. The knife did not strike any employees and no injuries were sustained, police said.

Colin told police that Canales then grabbed an iPad from the ordering counter and threw that at staff members. No employees were inured but the iPad was damaged. Colin was able to then chase Canales out of the store at which time police arrived on the scene and took him into custody, police said.

The knife that was allegedly used was located at the scene and collected by police.

As a result of the physical altercation, Canales received a laceration to his forehead and Colin received bruising to his hand. Canales was transported to Morristown Medical Center for evaluation by Atlantic EMS and Colin did not require any additional treatment, police said.

Canales was arrest and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, criminal mischief, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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