CHELSEA — A Duane Reade patron threw coffee on a cashier after he came into the store looking for knives, the NYPD said.
The 34-year-old woman was working behind the counter at the chain’s store at 322 Eighth Ave., at the corner of West 26th Street, around 10:30 p.m. on June 10 when the patron came into the store seeking knives, police said.
The cashier couldn’t hear the man properly and “couldn’t understand what he was saying,” according to the NYPD and a shift leader working at the store Thursday.
The man then “got upset" and threw coffee on her, said police and the shift leader, who declined to give his name.
“It wasn’t hot, but it did hit her,” the shift leader said of the coffee.
The employee wasn’t injured, but the incident alarmed her, the NYPD added.
The man then fled north on Eighth Avenue and was still at large as of Wednesday, police said.
Other recent notable incidents in the 10th Precinct include:
► A 27-year-old man with a New Jersey license plate was arrested after police spotted him stopping in the Lincoln Tunnel’s active traffic lanes around 2:05 a.m. on June 10, the NYPD said. When police pulled the man’s Lexus over, they discovered he had bloodshot, watery eyes and couldn’t stay steady on his feet. “I came from a bar and had two drinks,” the man told police. He was found to have a blood alcohol content of .157 — nearly twice the legal limit.
► A 45-year-old man’s daughter left her $700 bike locked to a rack in front of Avenues: The World School at 259 10th Ave., between West 25th and 26th streets, around 2 p.m. on June 5, police said. When she returned to the rack two days later, around 7 p.m., only the front tire was locked to the rack. The thief who stole part of the bike hadn’t been arrested as of Wednesday.
► A 45-year-old man locked his $700 bike to a rack in front of Artists & Fleas at 88 10th Ave., between West 15th and 16th streets, around 12:20 p.m. on June 9, the NYPD said. When he returned to the rack 25 minutes later, he discovered the lock had been clipped and his bike was gone. No one had been arrested in connection with the incident as of Wednesday.
► A 28-year-old man’s $700 bicycle was stolen after he locked it in front of 505 W. 37th St., near 10th Avenue, around 8 p.m. on June 8, police said. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday.