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Man Stabbed Santa Monica Pier Employee, Chased Two Others With Knife

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The Pier Burger boasts "The Last Burger on Land." (Photo by Michael S. via Yelp)
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A man has been charged for allegedly stabbing an employee of a restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier, and then chasing two other people down with a knife.

According to City News Service, 34-year-old Calvin Earl Gullett entered the Pier Burger establishment at about 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday and "demanded" free food. He was denied. Instead of leaving, however, Gullett headed for the kitchen, where, police say he stabbed one of the restaurant's employees, and chased two others outside. The stabbing victim, who was struck "several times", was treated at the scene, and is recovering in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

KTLA reports that the knife used by Gullett was stolen from another retail store earlier that day.

According to a statement from the Santa Monica Police Department, Gullett fled the restaurant, but was found on the sand just north of the Pier. Police had to use a Taser in the arrest.

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Officials said that Gullett has been charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and petty theft. If convicted, he could face up to 48 years in prison. Gullett is currently being held, with bail set at $2.1 million.