LANCASTER (CBSLA) — Police asked for the public’s help Friday to identify a man they say punched a barista over what may have been a dispute over the chain’s face mask policy.

The assault happened at a Starbucks on West Avenue I in Lancaster. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a man punched a barista when employees asked him to put on a mask as he entered the coffee shop.

Sources later told CBSLA the incident may have involved the theft of a tip jar, but authorities could not immediately confirm that.

Sheriff’s officials said they also wanted to speak to a second man who was with the suspect.

In response to the incident, Starbucks released this statement: “Our focus right now is on our partner and their recovery. We want to thank the LASD Lancaster Station for supporting the safety of our partner and the community, and we will continue to aid their investigation in any way we can.”

Both men involved were described as black men. The suspect was described as 6-foot-2 and about 230 pounds, and appeared to wear a dark jacket, and light-colored pants. The second man was described as 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds and wore a blue T-shirt and dark-colored shorts.

Anyone with information about either man can call Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Grajales at (661) 948-8466.

Comments (82)
  1. Bob S says:

    wow… must’ve been some strong coffee

  2. Beego Faster says:

    Was a Counselor dispatched? because – Defund the Police.
    And hey, there must be a mistake – Are you sure those weren’t two evil white men… because, you know, all white men are evil……

    1. no cops mean cashiers carry guns…i once worked at a store that had a shotgun mounted under the counter…right in the balls…..right in the balls…

  3. Joseph Joseph says:

    Race is seldom a surprise…

    With FEW exceptions, the black “culture” is a plague on the civilized world, evidenced by rioting, looting and destruction of property for almost ANY reason, our prison population (60% black), FATHERLESS black homes, section 8 ghettos, welfare roles and recipients wearing $400 sneakers, Chicago, Haiti, stone age Africa…same everywhere blacks gather in large numbers.
    What defines an exception? They finished high school, they have a full time job and are not on welfare, if men fathered children they did not abandon them and the mother to welfare support, they do not have run ins with law enforcement, they respect other people’s property, they obey our laws, they take care of their property and don’t turn neighborhoods into slums, they don’t scrawl graffiti on public buildings, they don’t loot and destroy property, they pay their taxes, they are good neighbors and take pride in maintaining their property…etc.

    1. 2002 STATS LIST 1 IN 10 BLACK FATHERS AT HOME…THE REST IS NATURAL EVOLUTION.

  4. Sam Alecto says:

    Punching a mask wearing nazi in the face is a good thing.

  5. Bill McGowan says:

    How many knee’s would it take to hold this big guy down ?

  6. Andylit says:

    Lower case blacks.

  7. Kate says:

    Why aren’t I surprised? Gentility has disappeared completely from society in this BLM age. I’m pretty sure Blives don’t matter anymore than any others as we are finding out daily.

  8. Tom Witkop says:

    Did I hear they were wearing MAGA hats? Surely they are hateful, racist, bigoted trumpians. Isn’t it white privilege to not get punched in the face for harassing for not wearing a mask?

    1. RACISM ISNT REAL..WE ALL COME FROM WEST AFRICA..PERIOD..ANYONE WHO HATES HATES..RACISM IS A WORD FOR TRANSPLANTED HATE…..AND BELIEVE ME..EVERY PUNCH A HUMAN THROWS TWO ARE WAITING FOR HIM NEXT TIME….DOESNT ANYONE BELIEVE IN KARMA ANYMORE…OH ITS GOOD AND IT HURTS….IT HURTS…

  9. George Glenmont says:

    Telling someone to wear a mask is one of those examples of words equaling violence that the left has squealed about for years. And, as such, pre-emptive strikes are not only allowed, but encouraged.

    Their rules….

  10. Rick Ward says:

    Imagine that…a Starbucks employee with a glass jaw.

    1. someone once said i had a glass jaw..i hit him.not knowing i broke his eye socket and he could never focus again…..

  11. dldodoe says:

    imagine if the stupid cops would just get fingerprints off the glass door.. IMAGINE the intelligence required..

  12. A J says:

    Another unstable Trump follower! History will not remember “president” Trump or the GOP kindly at all -this will be a cautionary tale for future generations about how ignorance and the denying of science can destroy a nation and kill people. Trump really is the most incompetent President this nation has ever known. TRUMP.. UNSTABLE NON-GENIUS NARCISSIST KNOWN SERIAL LIAR! …” HE’S IMPOTUS FOR A REASON. “COME NOVEMBER AMERICANS WILL REMEMBER!” 45 will sacrifice millions for his personal gain, happening now! Your president wants all the authority, none of the responsibility or accountability. Trump Death count keeps going up daily!

    1. brad kaplan says:

      It’s pretty amusing to see you call someone else “unstable”. aj, it’s YOU.

    2. what loser..not trump you …what child what an esoteric joker…go away..its you that ruin this country and people who do nothing for others but charge all day long..go away bozo

  13. Steve McGarrett says:

    Sad but predictable that the racist trolls signal this pathetic punk as typifying BLM activists and fail to watch the very next video stream of Neo-Nazis attacking a Black driver’s car and giving the Nazi salute, screaming “White Lives Matter.” No hypocrisy there. I never thought I’d see the day that our nation would revert to civil unrest of this sordid sort. Very sad.

  14. COFFEE AND CIGARETTE ADDICTS ARE THE WORST…NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL IN THEIR SYSTEM BUT RESPONSIBLE FOR CAR WRECKS MURDERS PUBLIC OUTBURSTS…COULD BE YOUR MOM A TEACHER SOME STREET CAT….shoot them dead..they are evil

  15. Truth Hurts says:

    It’s finally time to wipe these subhuman chimps off of our planet, forever.
    Let’s just get it over with, and move on.

  16. Jon Mullins says:

    What is the barista’s name¿ He deserves a medal at least.

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