A customer has gone berserk in a Wendy’s restaurant in the southwest Miami-Dade area on Thursday that the staff had to seek reinforcement from law enforcement to get the situation under control. But even the authorities had a tough time containing the belligerent customer when they responded that they had to resort to using stun gun multiple times on the furious man.
The police officers first encountered the mad customer in the dining area near the cash registers when they arrived. Customers and staff were seen running so scared out of the establishment as the police entered. Some people outside Wendy’s took cellphone video of what’s happening inside the store.
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Authorities identified the man gone wild as Joaquin Labaut, 35 years old. Officers repeatedly ordered Labaut to get on the ground, but such instructions were ignored. Police shared they deployed Tasers, but even those appeared to have negligible impact on Labaut.
Labaut continued to go around the restaurant, even encountering at one point terrified employees in the kitchen. Officers followed him and continued to shock him with their stun guns.
The suspect could be heard in the video yelling as an increasing number of officers demand him to follow their orders and get on the ground.
In the end, it was not his willingness nor the stun guns that neutralized the suspect, but a little accident. The 240-pound Labaut ran into the dining room again and appeared to trip. The little accident allowed the officers to finally apprehend Labaut.
Labaut faces three counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, three counts of resisting an officer with violence, four counts of resisting an officer without violence, and one count each of simple battery and disorderly conduct.
Labaut appeared in court on Friday where the judge ordered him to stay away from the Wendy’s location and set his bond at $13,000. He told the judge he doesn’t have money to afford his bond and attorney’s fees.
It is not clear why he caused trouble in the fast-food restaurant, or what upset him. It is not clear if he is under any influence at the time of the incident, or he is struggling with mental issues.
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