Brutal brawl brews on coffee shop grounds 

Customers at a Peet’s in Belmont got quite a jolt Tuesday after a dispute in front of the coffee shop between two men escalated into a brutal crowbar attack.

The El Camino Real shop was buzzing with customers when a 33-year-old man was struck with the metal tool about 11:35 a.m., police said. The victim managed to block the blow with his arm, and he suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, Belmont police Lt. Pat Halleran said Wednesday.

The attack followed an argument outside the coffee shop. The suspect, described only as a man with a stocky build, fled in a dark-colored 1990s Acura sedan before police arrived, Halleran said. There was no arrest as of Wednesday.

Police believe the victim likely knew the suspect, and they said he has refused to cooperate with investigators. The attack was likely the result of an ongoing dispute, Halleran said.

“This isn’t somebody randomly targeting anybody,” Halleran said. “There’s no evidence of a robbery.”

Belmont police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call their department at (650) 595-7400 or the Belmont crime tip line at (650) 598-3000.

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