Man arrested after incident at taqueria

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— Police arrested Brad Hines, 34, this morning after Hines walked into Taqueria Yungapeti, on Ninth Avenue and began cutting up chicken and trying to help customers, according police and witnesses.

“He said, ‘I’m here to help you,’” Brisa Maya, a restaurant employee, said, adding Hines then grabbed a kitchen knife and began cutting up food and “messing with the till.”

According to Maya, Hines also attempted to “help” customers at the drive-through window, and also tried to eat a burrito.

“He seemed to be under the influence of something,” said Walla Walla Police Officer Tim Bennett, department spokesman.

Despite Hines’ offer to help, his antics seriously delayed breakfast for Adrienne and Seth Harris, who were dining with their three children at the restaurant.

“We heard some commotion,” Seth Harris said. “We didn’t really know what it was.”

It wasn’t until Harris went to check on their order that the family realized what was going on.

“The police got here really fast, and they kept me on the phone to make sure we were safe,” Maya said, adding Hines didn’t threaten anybody during the incident, but he wasn’t very cooperative with police.

According to Bennett, Hines was also spotted by Providence St. Mary Medical Center security trying to open medical center employees’ vehicles shortly before he walked into Taqueria Yungapeti.

Police arrested Hines on investigation of criminal trespass, third-degree theft and attempted vehicle prowl, according to Bennett.

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