PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- Phoenix police have arrested a man they say attacked customers in an IHOP with a coffeepot and went on a violent rampage.

The whole thing was caught on camera.


Joe Meza, 47, faces charges of aggravated assault, theft and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.

The attack happened on Sept. 29.

Officers responded to a call about a fight at the IHOP near 51st Avenue and I-10. Callers had reported that a man was hitting a customer and throwing things around the dining room.

When officers arrived, they say theyr found Meza running through the parking lot, and took him into custody.

Later, when police looked at surveillance video from the restaurant, the whole incident could be seen in detail.

The video first appears to show Meza getting up from his table, walking over to two women in a booth, and then hitting one of them repeatedly with a coffeepot filled with hot coffee.

[WATCH: It's not clear what sparked the rampage]

"The defendant struck the victim 5 or 6 times over the head, causing her to nearly fall to the ground while the first victim attempts to get away," according to the police report.

The attack seemed to come without provocation.

Police say the video then shows Meza throwing plates, mugs and even a podium at the first woman, who can be seen in the video bleeding from the head. The woman appears to try to defend herself, throwing some items in his direction, but he continues to hurl things at her.

Once that woman gets away, the cameras continue to follow him around the inside of the IHOP. "The defendant is seen walking around the restaurant, scuffling through customers' property," and taking a purse, credit cards cell phone and passport from customers, according to the police report.

Police say the video shows Meza continuing to rifle through the belongings of some of the customers, allegedly taking woman's purse and someone's passport.

Finally, the video shows Meza waking into the restaurant kitchen and apparently starting a fire on the grill.

According to the police report, Meza, a transient and an Army veteran, is mentally disturbed. The report also states that he has previous arrests for aggravated assault, burglary, criminal damage, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


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