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Police: 'Dine-and-dash' suspects threatened staff with razor, hatchet

Three people were arrested, including 39-year-old Bryan Frank and 23-year-old Michelle Choate. (South Portland Police Department)

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- Police say "dine and dash" suspects threatened restaurant staff with a razor and a hatchet in South Portland Saturday.

Three people were arrested, including 39-year-old Bryan Frank and 23-year-old Michelle Choate.

South Portland police responded to Imperial China after the trio tried to walk out on a $40 tab.

When employees confronted them, police say Frank pulled a hatchet out of his waist band.

They say Choate also pulled out a box-cutter type knife.

Customers from a nearby business saw the chaos, stepped in and disarmed the suspects.

A third suspect, Emma Alexander, was charged and released from the scene.

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