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Angry customer hits Cinnabon owner with soft drink

Customer becomes irate when drink he has tasted is not replaced at no cost

An angry customer, shown in this still from a security video, hurls a soft-drink Monday at Cinnabon owner Frank Ross Jr. at his mall store after Ross refused to give the man a drink to replace the one he had already drunk from. Albany police are asking anyone who can identify the man, who will face battery charges, to contact Albany police at (229) 431-2100 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-8477. (Special photo)

An angry customer, shown in this still from a security video, hurls a soft-drink Monday at Cinnabon owner Frank Ross Jr. at his mall store after Ross refused to give the man a drink to replace the one he had already drunk from. Albany police are asking anyone who can identify the man, who will face battery charges, to contact Albany police at (229) 431-2100 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-8477. (Special photo)

ALBANY — Police officials are asking assistance from the public for information and identification of a battery suspect at the Albany Mall.

A security video made at the Cinnabon store on Monday shows a black man in a white t-shirt throwing a soft drink into the face of Frank Ross Jr., owner of the store. Ross sustained bruising near his eye from the assault.

Police officers were told that the man had purchased drinks for his family, then, after tasting his wife’s drink, asked Ross if he could change his order.

When Ross told him he would have to pay for a new drink, the man hurled the drink into Ross’s face, Ross told Police, causing the bruising.

Anyone with information of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or the Albany Police Department at (229) 431-2100.