SELINSGROVE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man has been accused of attempting to pilfer a pizza late Sunday night, but when he encountered resistance behind the counter, he assaulted two workers and a bystander, and grabbed some pies before running out of the restaurant, police said.

Police described Michael Joseph Runko, of Shamokin Dam, Pennsylvania, as "intoxicated" when he walked into the Papa John's pizza restaurant in Monroe Township, Snyder County at 11:44 p.m. and demanded "free pizza."

When employees didn’t cooperate, police say Runko confronted a customer who had just arrived, asked him for money, and hit in the face. He also threw a brick at the victim, unnamed by police.

When officers arrived, store workers said the man ran west when he left Papa John's.

State troopers spread out and eventually spotted Runko, cornering him as he was trying to hide in a bush.

Police did not say if he still had the pizzas with him when caught.

Runko was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, possessing instruments of a crime, simple assault, harassment, theft by unlawful taking, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness.

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