Crime

Tacoma wine bar outing interrupted by assault, flipped table, drawn weapons

Glasses shattered, a knife was pulled and an employee stopped the commotion with a gun when a ladies’ outing to a Tacoma wine bar took a turn Saturday.

One of the women told police she was sitting with friends outside the Cork wine bar at Sixth Avenue and North State Street when a man approached them and pressed his legs against their bistro table, violating their personal space.

The woman asked the man to leave, at which point he flipped the table and punched her in the mouth, knocking a tooth loose, according to charging papers.

Robert Anthony Rashe, 51, pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of second-degree assault, and one count of third-degree malicious mischief, in connection to the disturbance.

According to charging papers:

After the punch, another customer at the wine bar walked outside and told Rashe to leave the women alone, at which point Rashe pulled a 12-inch-long knife and walked toward the other man.

Then an employee of the wine bar joined the group outside, where he saw four women and the man who tried to help frozen in place as Rashe held the knife in a fighting stance.

The employee pulled a handgun and ordered Rashe to drop the knife and hit the ground. When police arrived they found Rashe held at gunpoint.

His bail was set at $50,000. If released from jail, he will not be allowed back at Cork.

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