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Police: Man assaulted at Tega Cay Taco Bell for failing to say ‘excuse me’ after belching

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com

TEGA CAY A Fort Mill man sitting down to eat at a Tega Cay Taco Bell told police a man upset that he did not say “excuse me” after belching hit him with a chair, wrapped his hands around his throat and tried to head butt him inside the restaurant on Sunday.

Police responded to the Taco Bell on West S.C. 160 at about 4:30 p.m. after a man, 20, reported that he had been assaulted inside the restaurant, according to a Tega Cay police report. The victim told police he and his friend had been sitting in a booth eating when a man sitting with a woman asked the victim if he just belched without saying “excuse me.”

The man then walked over to where the victim was sitting, picked up a chair and hit the victim on the left elbow with it, the report states. The victim told police the man grabbed his throat and tried to head butt him. A restaurant employee went up to the assailant and told him he had to leave the premises, the report states.

The man walked out of Taco Bell and got into a white truck, possibly a pickup, the report states. The victim suffered a minor cut on his elbow along with redness around his throat. No one inside the restaurant was able to get the pickup’s license plate number. The restaurant’s manager told police he was unsure if the surveillance cameras recorded the incident.

Police have not made any arrests and the suspect is still unknown. The victim declined to comment on Monday.

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