ROSEVILLE — Roseville police made partially good on a promise to apprehend those responsible for imitating a viral prank that left one young drive-thru attendant with serious burns to his face.
Wednesday morning, detectives arrested a 17-year-old male on suspicion of battery causing serious bodily injury. The teen is suspected of going through the drive-thru of a Boston Market restaurant in Roseville on the evening of Dec. 3, and, in an apparent prank, throwing a container of hot creamed spinach at the drive-thru worker, burning his face.
The 180-degree dish scalded victim David Almas’ cheek and inner ear, and doctors told the 21-year-old to expect permanent scarring.
The act could have been inspired by similar “fire in the hole” pranks that are common online, in which people video-record themselves throwing food or beverages in the faces of drive-thru workers and posting the videos to YouTube and other sites.
Roseville authorities pledged they would find those responsible, which include the male teen taken into custody, a female teenager reportedly in the passenger seat and two teenage males who sat in the back of the suspects’ vehicle, a green 1980s Honda Civic.
The suspect, whose name is not being released because of his age, came into the Roseville Police Department voluntarily Wednesday morning to talk to detectives. He was then booked into the Roseville Police Department Jail and was released to the custody of his parents.