An unmasked New Jersey Burger King customer attacked an employee who told him hours earlier to cover his face, cops said.
David Siversten was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly choking the female employee, police said.
The attack happened at a Route 23 Wayne restaurant on the afternoon of March 27 according to cops.
After the employee argued with Siversten about wearing a mask earlier that day, the suspect “entered the restaurant, approached her and wrapped both hands around her neck and began strangling her,” police said.
The attack — which was caught on camera — only ended when another female employee stepped in to intervene.
Siversten fled the station but cops found him seated in a driveway along the nearby Newark-Pompton Turnpike. He was “agitated” and “appeared to be under the influence of alcohol,” police said.
The suspect roughed himself up after being taken in, “intentionally slamming his head into the steel bench to which he was handcuffed,” police said in an Instagram post.
The attacked worker complained of pain, but declined to go to the hospital.