A reportedly armed man police were searching for entered a Starbucks with a bloody hand and yelled for a beverage, KPIX-TV in San Francisco reported.
A cashier said the man ran inside the Fremont store Thursday evening before he was later spotted near Interstate 880, which was shut down for two hours to accommodate the manhunt.
Starbucks witnesses told KPIX he appeared paranoid and hid behind the condiment bar after coming through the doors.
He then ordered a vanilla bean Frappuccino.
“I was asking him my normal questions, ‘Do you want whip cream on that?’" Spenser Fuller, who worked at the Starbucks, told KPIX. "I rung him up for his purchase and between every question he backed up away from me, and when he gave me his money he backed up again — on his phone, nervous, looking out the window.”
“I said, ‘Hey man, here’s your change,’ and he comes up to me and I hand him his change, and the hand that he’s grabbing the change with is bleeding,” Fuller added to KPIX.
He also hid in the Starbucks bathroom for about half an hour and departed before police arrived. But before doing so, KPIX reported that the man sat down with a customer, said he was on the run and wanted by police and attempted to steal the customer's iPad.
The suspect, who was thought to be hiding in bushes along the freeway, reportedly had committed a violent crime in the past and is still at large, KPIX said. He's described as a black male, 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes and wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.