Police: Man chased restaurant servers with weighted pipe

(Courtesy of the Austin Police Department)

A homeless man was arrested after Austin police say he chased two restaurant servers with a weighted pipe.

Daniel Karl Kramer, 38, was charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Officers responded to a disturbance call at the Le Café Crêpe restaurant in the 200 block of San Jacinto Boulevard on July 21. The call said a white man with blond hair was chasing people around with a pipe. Officers found a man matching this description in the 400 block of San Jacinto Boulevard and was identified in an arrest affidavit as Daniel Kramer.

One of the servers told officers that Kramer had been causing disturbances with staff and patrons over the previous days, and Kramer had been arrested for criminal mischief on July 17 at the restaurant. The server said, according to the affidavit, that he saw Kramer staring at staff and patrons while holding a pipe in his hand, then entering the parking garage attached to the restaurant. 

The two servers said the garage doesn't have any video cameras and they were concerned Kramer might try to damage cars parked inside, says the affidavit. When they went in the garage, they found Kramer sitting on a bench and said that when he saw them, he yelled at them, pulled out a plastic, two-foot-long weighted pipe and began chasing them. 

According to the affidavit, the servers ran away to avoid getting hit by the pipe, jumping a chain-link fence and running inside the restaurant. Once inside, they locked the door to keep him from following them. 

Officers found a pipe in Kramer's possession when they detained him, says the affidavit.