Man attacks customers at California tea shop with blowtorch, hatchet

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A deranged man attacked people with a knife, hatchet and blowtorch at a Berkeley, Calif., boba tea shop — igniting two customers hair before being subdued.

Suspect Brandon Glone, 46, of Berkeley, allegedly began Monday night’s rampage outside a pizzaria, knocking the food off the table of two men and announcing he was going to light them on fire, police said in a statement.

He allegedly sprayed them with flammable WD-40 before they ran from him, the statement said.

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Then he sprayed a group of people outside a boba tea shop, using a small torch to ignite the hair of two of them, police said.

“He said something right before he sprayed, and it was kind of like an evil chuckle,” a witness who gave her name only as  Angelique told CBS News in San Francisco.

“He was holding the axe and he was like staggering around, and he was getting closer and closer and it was really scary,” she said.

As some bystanders helped put out the two men’s hair, others surrounded Glone, police said — even though by then he had pulled out a hatchet.

“I pulled him down,” said another witness, Noel Nubla, of Berkeley, who said he was also sprayed with WD-40.

“I stepped on his wrist pulled him up disarmed him [of] the knife.”

Cops arrived soon after, and arrested Glone. Police said his knapsack contained a machete, matches, lighters and several Molotov cocktails.

Glone has been charged with criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, and other charges.

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