An unhinged man flew into a dyspeptic rage Saturday morning when he was asked to leave a West Village diner, shoving a cook into a plate glass window and then running off to troubled Washington Square Park — where three brave employees tracked him down and held him until cops arrived, workers told The Post.
The chaotic incident unfolded around 9:45 a.m. in the Washington Square Diner on 6th Avenue and West 4th Street when the man — who witnesses described as a 30-something years old and homeless — barged in and began bothering customers, workers said.
When workers asked the man to leave, he shoved one, a cook, against a plate glass window on the West 4th St. side of the building, shattering it, the workers said.
The man fled but was chased by three diner employees to nearby Washington Square Park, where they detained him until police showed up, said the workers, one of whom claimed a crack pipe fell out of the man’s pocket during the tussle.
One of the diner workers who chased the attacker down said the man bit him on the arm during the tussle in the park.
The injured cook, who only gave his first name, Constantino, suffered a gash to the back of his head and was being treated at a nearby hospital following the ruckus, workers said.
“This happens a lot and the cops can’t do anything unless someone gets hurt,” one of the diner employees told The Post, adding that the restaurant’s proximity to drug infested Washington Square Park make them a frequent target for abuse and violence.
An NYPD spokeswoman said cops were still gathering information.
“Everything’s fine,” said a man who answered the phone at the diner later Saturday morning. “It’s very busy. “
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