BERKELEY (KPIX) – A weird blowtorch assault in Berkeley ended when the victims subdued the attacker, however not earlier than he pulled out a knife and an axe.
The surveillance video exhibits simply how shortly it occurred. A person in a backpack walks right into a tea store and instantly lights a buyer’s hair on hearth.
“He mentioned one thing proper earlier than he sprayed, and it was sort of like an evil chuckle,” mentioned Angelique, a witness who requested us to not additional establish her.
Angelique mentioned she and her buddies had simply stepped into the Feng Cha Teahouse in Berkeley and have been standing in line when instantly, a person chased another folks into the shop, walked within the door, instantly sprayed WD40 on three males, then set a fireplace with a small torch.
“As soon as he ignited it, it simply burst out into flames,” mentioned Noel Nubla, of Berkeley, who was additionally sprayed with WD40 however didn’t get torched.
Nubla says it appeared the person was nonetheless making an attempt to gentle his torch after the primary assault, so the victims determined to attempt to restrain him.
“As soon as we acquired exterior we have been sort of simply bumping fists. He acquired me within the face a pair instances after which I acquired him again he began bleeding after which I took him all the way down to the bottom, noticed him pull out the knife … I yelled out ‘he’s acquired a knife he’s acquired a knife!I’.” mentioned Nubla. “I wished everybody to again off. I noticed it, I pulled him down, he acquired to the ground his hand was there, I stepped on his wrist pulled him up disarmed him from the knife.”
The victims say it by no means was clear why the person attacked them. He simply saved yelling one thing about his daughter. Earlier than the cops may arrive, the attacker shocked everybody and pulled out a hatchet.
“He was holding the axe and he was like simply staggering round, and he was getting nearer and nearer and it was actually scary,” mentioned Angelique.
Police made a fast arrest. As for the younger males, their hair was singed and they’re a bit scraped up from the battle, however they’re doing okay.
The victims insisted that race didn’t look like an element within the assault.