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Tacoma man allegedly assaulted restaurant employee after trying to steal cash register

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 17, 2012 at 5:56 am |
August 17, 2012 5:56 am

A 21-year-old Tacoma man is accused of attacking the janitor at a restaurant after trying unsuccessfully to steal the cash register.

Theodore Gapinski, Jr. pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree burglary in connection with Monday’s incident at Fergie’s on the Ave, 3504 McKinley Ave. Pierce County Court Commissioner Craig S. Adams set his bail at $25,000.

Gapinski was drunk when he entered an off-limits area of the restaurant and the janitor asked him to leave, according to charging papers.

Gapinski allegedly refused, tried to steal the cash register and then began punching the janitor. The janitor and a patron were able to subdue Gapinski, who was found unconscious among shards of glass when police arrived.

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