Hot Meal Turns Sour in Chinese Food Dine-and-Dash Scheme
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — It's called dine and dash not dine and slash.
These two probably should have figured out the proper phrase before deciding to eat at a Chinese food restaurant and then trying to leave without paying.
Bryan Frank, 39, of Portland, 23-year-old Michelle Choate, of Pittston and 28-year-old Emma Alexandre, transient of Portland, had been eating at the Imperial China Restaurant on July 14 when someone called police to say they were fighting with staff members.
When they arrived on scene, officers detained Frank, Choate and Alexandre.
Employees at the restaurant confronted the trio when they tried to walk out without paying their $40 tab. That's when police said Frank pulled out a hatchet from his waistband and threatened the staff members, pushing one of them to the ground.
Choate then came to his aid with a box cutter-type knife and threatened employees, police said.
Customers from a nearby business intervened and in the process of taking the weapons from Frank and Choate one of them was cut, police said.
All three were arrested.
Frank is charged with robbery, assault, criminal threatening and misuse of a public benefits instrument.
Choate is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.Both were taken to the Cumberland County Jail and were held on $25,000 cash bail.
Alexandre received a summons for theft of services and was released at the scene.