Police: Homeless man attacked waiter, bit his lip



ATLANTA - Police are asking for the public’s help to find a man who assaulted a waiter at a midtown restaurant.

Surveillance footage from the Flying Biscuit on Piedmont Avenue shows a man attacking and biting a waiter.

Police said they have identified the attacker as Carl Winston, but he is known to people in the neighborhood as Cyrus.

Rickey Scott told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri that he was on the phone calling police about the man Friday night when he was attacked from behind. Scott said Winston beat him outside the restaurant, and then bit his lip.

“In the midst of that, he reached up and latched onto my face and bit my lip off,” Scott said.

Surveillance video shows the two men falling to the ground, then Winston appears to punch Scott several times.

According to Lt. Jeff Cantin of the Atlanta Police Department, the fight moved over in front of the Jason’s Deli nearby, and that’s where Winston bit Scott’s lip.

“He is homeless. He’s been going there to get free food,” Cantin said.

Scott said in recent weeks he asked Winston to leave the restaurant because of disturbing behavior. On Friday night, Scott said his manager asked Winston to leave twice, but he came back.

Winston was arrested in 2005 for aggravated stalking in Cobb County and served two years in prison. Atlanta police said they want to find him before he hurts someone else.

“There is definitely a sinister side to this guy and I saw it coming,” Scott said.

Scott said he feels lucky doctors were able to stitch up what was left of his lip.