Del Taco worker stabs customer in order dispute, authorities say
A dispute over an order at a Hemet Del Taco ended when an employee allegedly stabbed a customer with a knife. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials said.
Officials said the dispute occurred when a male customer and the employee disagreed over whether the customer's order had been filled correctly.
The argument erupted at 1:50 a.m. Thursday at the restaurant on East Florida Avenue, officials said. The eatery was identified as a Del Taco by the Associated Press.
The customer, who was not identified, was stabbed in the abdomen and transported by friends to a local hospital. Officials described his wounds as serious but said he was expected to survive.
The suspect, 28-year-old Gabriel Villalba, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was transported to the Larry Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
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Photo: Gabriel Villalba. Credit: KTLA News