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Cleveland’s Steelyard Commons Steak n’ Shake server jumped on car as customer sped off without paying

August 20, 2018

Cleveland’s Steelyard Commons Steak n’ Shake server jumped on car as customer sped off without paying

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Steak ’n Shake server jumped onto the roof of a Cleveland mother’s car and held on as she sped away because the woman refused to pay her bill, according to a police report.

The 29-year-old server at the Steelyard Commons restaurant held onto the mother’s car for about 50 yards until the mother slowed down near a Taco Bell. He bruised his arms and elbows when he jumped off the car, the police report says.

Shantel Harris, 32, is charged with aggravated robbery in the Aug. 8 incident, according to court records.

She is not in custody but a warrant was issued Friday for her arrest, court records say.

The woman came to Steak ’n Shake with two children and ordered $11.77 worth of food. The server gave her the bill about 6:30 p.m., then walked away to help another customer, the police report says.

The server heard the woman tell the children to “go to the car.” He looked up moments later and realized she’d left the store.

He ran outside and saw the a Pontiac G6 pulling out of a parking space. He stood in front of the car to block it, but the woman stepped on the gas, the report says.

The server jumped on the hood of the car to avoid being run over. The woman yelled at him to get off, but he held on because she was driving too fast, the report says.

The server jumped off the car when the woman slowed down near a Taco Bell. The woman then sped away south on Steelyard Drive.

Investigators identified Harris through cellphone videos taken by witnesses. The videos clearly showed the license plate number of a 2006 Pontiac G6 registered to Harris, the report says.

The server refused medical treatment.

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