A parolee with a history of violence was held down by restaurant goers after stabbing the manager in a robbery attempt, officials reported today.
The incident happened at the Applebee’s restaurant on West Florida Street on the evening of Wednesday Oct. 3.
The suspect, Raymond Marquez, 51, ordered food and then grabbed the manager at knife-point in an attempt to rob him, Lt. Eric Dickson reported.
Witnesses saw Marquez running from the family eatery and chased him down, holding him until officers arrived, Hemet police Sgt. Dan Reinbolt said.
Law enforcement officials advise although they appreciate the people who jumped in to hold Marquez down, it can be very dangerous to get physically involved in a violent crime.
“The best thing people can do is to quickly call 911,” Lt. Dickson explained.
“Also get a good description of the suspect and tell us where they went, what direction they headed in.”
The violent suspect is on parole for robbery, attempted murder in addition to other crimes.
The manager, whose name was not released, suffered stab wounds during the struggle with the suspect. He is listed in stable condition at an area hospital, the sergeant said.
Marquez was being held without bail in the Southwest Detention Center, Lt. Dickson added.
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*City News Service contributed to this report.