Washington 'bikini barista' describes fighting off assailant during attack
KENT, Wash. -- Police in Washington have arrested a man they say broke into a coffee shop early Tuesday and attacked a woman working there as a "bikini barista."
Police were called to the Hottie Shots Espresso stand in Kent around 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday for a report of an assault and attempted rape, reports CBS affiliate KIRO. Surveillance video shows the suspect approach the shop's order window on foot and order a drink. When the barista has her back turned, the man is seen climbing through the window into the store and pushing her to the ground.
The barista, Madeline Guinto, told CBS affiliate KIRO the assailant held a knife to her throat.
"He kept telling me, 'you're coming with me or I will kill you,'" Guinto told the station. "I was keeping as calm as I could be, but I was thinking I'm going to die trying to live. I'm going to die fighting."
The assailant then forced Guinto out the window. She told the station she he gripped the stand and made him drag her away as she screamed and fought back. She said she wrestled him for his knife after he threw her to the ground in a nearby alley.
"I know for a fact that I'm a lot stronger than I look, so when he was choking me, I knew to just tense up and put my shoulders up, even if I was getting a little bit of air, I could wave my arms back and forth on the ground, feeling for the knife," Guinto said.
Continue reading and see the surveillance video that captured the attack at CBSNews.com.
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