Man stabs Jack in the Box employee multiple times after refusing to wear mask, police say

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of stabbing a Jack in the Box employee who asked him to put a face mask on

LEAGUE CITY, Texas – An arrest warrant has been issued for a 53-year-old man who police say stabbed a Jack in the Box assistant store manager multiple times after refusing to wear a face mask.

On Wednesday, League City police responded to reports of an aggravated assault at the Jack in the Box restaurant located at 1503 W. League City Parkway around 8:10 p.m.

Authorities said the incident started when the 53-year-old man, whom police identified as James Henry Schulz, refused to cooperate with the restaurant’s policy to wear a mask.

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After confronting the employees, police say the suspect attacked the assistant store manager with what appeared to be a pocketknife. The assistant manager was stabbed three times in the arm and upper torso, police said.

“The suspect walked towards the door, as if to leave; the manager turned his back and the suspect ran up behind him, ran up and tackled and stabbed him behind his back,” League City Police Chief Gary Ratliff said when referring to the surveillance video released to the media.

Ratliff said the man is believed to be without a home and frequents the area shops while riding his bicycle. Investigators looked for Schulz in the area, but only found his cell phone, bicycle and other evidence but not Schulz. Ratliff said the DA’s office approved charges for the suspect for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The assistant store manager was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact the League City Police Department.