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He stabbed his co-worker at a Lakewood restaurant and is on the run, police say

Lakewood police are attempting to locate 27-year-old Michael Romero, who was charged last month in Pierce County Superior Court with first-degree assault. Police say Romero stabbed his co-worker after the man accused Romero of taking too long to complete an order.
Lakewood police are attempting to locate 27-year-old Michael Romero, who was charged last month in Pierce County Superior Court with first-degree assault. Police say Romero stabbed his co-worker after the man accused Romero of taking too long to complete an order. Courtesy

Lakewood police are asking for help finding a man they say stabbed a co-worker at a fast-food restaurant last month.

Michael Romero, who goes by the nickname Silent, was working the grill Aug. 16 when a co-worker said he was taking too long to finish orders, charging documents state.

A fight broke out, and Romero stabbed the co-worker in the stomach and slashed his arm before fleeing, the documents say. He has not been seen since.

Romero was charged in absentia with first-degree assault in Pierce County Superior Court.

The San Diego native is about 5 feet 6 and 170 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He is a felon with a history of firearm possession and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

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Anyone with information about Romero’s whereabouts is asked to contact Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to his arrest. Callers can remain anonymous.

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