The Virginia Beach Police Department is calling it a random attack against one of their officers after a customer assaulted an on-duty sergeant inside the Bad Ass Coffee shop on 18th Street this past Tuesday morning.
A Bad Ass Coffee shop employee is the one who first phoned 911 to report that a man was beating a uniformed police officer inside their store. Witnesses reported that a Virginia Beach sergeant was ordering his coffee when a man -- later identified as 33-year-old Antoine Omar Wynn -- became belligerent and aggressively approached the officer.
As the encounter started to escalate and Wynn started shouting, the Sergeant requested that Wynn follow him outside the building. At that point, Antoine Wynn allegedly began attacking and assaulting the officer, which witnesses described as a "pummeling." Eventually, the struggle was taken to the coffee shop floor.
While one employee called 911, another employee -- Jaclyn Krogh -- jumped into action to help the struggling officer. She told a local news reporter that she didn't think, but just jumped into the fray and kicked the suspect. This heroic intervention caused Antoine Wynn to get up and flee the scene.
Once free, the sergeant was able to get up off the ground and chase the suspect down. Antoine Omar Wynn only made it 100 yards before he was taken into custody and booked into the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond. He has been charged with Felony Assault and Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer, Destruction of Property, Disorderly Conduct, and Providing False Identity to a Law Enforcement Officer.
When the Virginia Beach Police Department announced the attack early Tuesday morning, locals feared the worst. However, the sergeant is said to have suffered only minor injuries that were treated at the scene.
Bad Ass Coffee took to Twitter and thanked local police officers for everything they do for the community.
On Facebook, the coffee shop released a slightly longer statement, thanking law enforcement and praising the quick-thinking employee who stepped in to help.
A big thank you to the Virginia Beach Police Department and our amazing staff. We are grateful no one was seriously injured and thankful the police apprehended the attacker. Our staff reacted quickly and Bad Ass is back to business as normal! ❤️"
At this point, it is unclear what caused Antoine Wynn to confront and attack the on-duty officer. As more information becomes available as to the attacker's motive, we will update this article.
However one thing is certain: The employees at Bad Ass Coffee have certainly lived up to their name.