Detectives are searching for a man who dined and dashed in the Gaslamp District earlier this month.
On June 5 around 7 p.m. a man ate dinner at Toscana Café on 238 Fifth Ave. and received his bill worth more than $100. The suspect then told the hostess he was going outside to smoke a cigarette, but then never returned.
Police said one of the managers then searched for the suspect twice, ultimately finding him at nearby restaurant Lou and Mickey’s. The suspect had changed into a different outside and was carrying a tan brown bag.
When the manager confronted the suspect, he pepper sprayed the manager and ran off to a parking structure on 289 Sixth Ave.
Witnesses then followed the suspect, and when he spotted them he allegedly threateningly pulled out a handgun. He then fled, and surveillance video showed he left the garage after changing clothes again.
The suspect’s other clothing was later found under a car in the garage along with a replica 357 revolver pellet gun.
He is described as a man between ages 30-40, standing at 5-foot-6 and weighing between 150-160 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black shorts, black socks and carrying a canvas bag.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.