Man dies after jumping out of restaurant freezer and threatening staff with knife

A 54-year-old man who jumped out of a New York restaurant’s freezer and threatened staff with a knife while shouting “away from me Satan” has died in hospital after falling unconscious in an ensuing struggle.

Image: Sarabeth’s

A man, believed to be from Arizona, jumped out of a walk-in freezer at Sarabeth’s restaurant in New York’s upper west side at around 11am on 5 August, when staff opened the chiller, according to police.

Described as “emotionally disturbed”, the man later threatened staff with a knife while shouting “away from me, Satan”. Restaurants workers subsequently confronted the man and disarmed him.

When police officers arrived, they found the man unconscious on the floor. Having gone into cardiac arrest, the man was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Centre where he was declared dead.

According to the New York Times, the man was from Cave Creek, but his name has not yet been released to the public.

No restaurant workers or customers were injured in the incident, the New York Police Department has confirmed.

Investigations are currently underway as to how the man entered the freezer and for how long he was inside.

Sarabeth’s serves ‘contemporary American’ cuisine and has four other sites in the city. The restaurant was open for brunch at the time of the incident.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Marketing Manager

Amathus Drinks Plc
London, UK

Partner Manager - Managed On-Trade

Maverick Drinks
London, UK

Brand Manager

Hatch Mansfield
Ascot, Berkshire

Events Sales Executive

The Drinks Business Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Head of Sales

IWSC
London, UK

Logistic and Fullfilment - Whisky (and wine) administrator

Stilnovisti Ltd
London, United Kingdom // Dufftown, Keith, United Kingdom

Account Manager

Harviestoun Brewery
Field Based, UK

Buyer - Spain & South America

Enotria&Coe
London, UK

Events Sales Manager

Enotria&Coe
Field based - London or surrounding area

IBWSS China

Shanghai,China
5th Nov 2018

Exploring Beaujolais Wines Across The Years & Appellations

Manchester,United Kingdom
6th Nov 2018

Pink Rosé Festival

Cannes,France
7th Feb 2019
Click to view more

Green Awards 2018

Deadline : 19th October 2018

Rioja Masters 2018

Deadline : 26th October 2018

Click to view more

The Global Sparkling Masters 2018

As with all of the drinks business awards, our judging panel is comprised of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers making the competition globally renowned.

Champagne Masters 2018

Enter your wines into the Champagne Masters 2018, the only blind competition dedicated to Champagne in the UK.

Click to view more