SANTA CRUZ -- A man named Winston Churchill was arrested twice in 24 hours at a Pacific Avenue coffee shop, Santa Cruz police said.
Winston Arthur Churchill, 47, was arrested on suspicion of a slew of charges after he assaulted an employee and a customer at Verve Coffee Roasters on Monday.
The night before, he was arrested after twice refusing to leave the business and causing a disturbance there.
Churchill returned to the coffee shop Monday afternoon and wanted to use the bathroom, Deputy Chief Steve Clark said.
The employee recognized Churchill from the previous night and tried to stop him from going back to the restrooms. An altercation ensued and a customer went to check on the employee.
The customer told police that he found the two men in the bathroom where Churchill was trying to choke the employee using the neck tie the man was wearing. The customer intervened and Churchill head butted him and elbowed him in the ribs.
Eventually the customer and the employee were able to tackle Churchill and hold him on the ground until police arrived. Churchill was arrested on suspicion of felony assault and misdemeanors for trespassing and battery. He was booked into County Jail, where he remained Wednesday in lieu of $25,000 bail.
The day before he allegedly attacked the employee, Churchill was escorted from the business by police officers and told not to return. He ignored their order and went back, causing a disturbance. He
Churchill also was arrested on Dec. 18 at the Homeless Services Center on suspicion of refusing to leave a public building and battery, police records show.
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