Authorities have released the name of the Missouri man who they believe robbed the Lil' Café on Thursday and assaulted an employee with a hatchet.
Christopher Davila, 27, of Independence, Mo., was taken into custody after a short chase by Miami police officers, according to police reports.
Local authorities said several 911 calls were made from employees and customers at the Miami cafe as the incident unfolded.
The callers described a white male, approximately 5-foot 8-inches tall, thin, wielding a hatchet and demanding money from a cafe employee.
Officers Bradd McMinn and Tom Anderson were in the area and responded to the call.
“While in route to the scene, I was flagged down by an employee of the Lil' Café,” Anderson said. “They pointed out a dark colored sport utility vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Steve Owens Boulevard.”
Anderson, joined by McMinn, began pursuit of the eastbound vehicle on Steve Owens Boulevard. They were able to make contact with the driver.
“As I approached the vehicle, I could see blood coming from the left hand of the driver and blood running down the driver's door,” McMinn said.
The driver was later identified by one of the female occupants of the cafe as the man who attacked an employee during the robbery.
According to witnesses, Davila walked into the cafe wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and a black bandana partially covering his face.
“Witnesses advised that Davila demanded money and the clerk refused to give up the money,” McMinn said. “Witnesses said Davila struck the clerk several times with the blunt end of the hatchet.”
The victim suffered multiple bruises and abrasions to the right forearm and was transported to the emergency room for treatment.
Davila fled the cafe with approximately $50 in cash.
Authorities learned that the 2002 Jeep Liberty Davila was driving was reported stolen from Independence, Mo.
Davila has no history of violence in either Missouri or Oklahoma. He has been issued citations in Independence on two occasions, one involving possession of marijuana.
Authorities anticipate Davila will be charged with several felony counts in connection with Thursday's robbery.