Nine people were arrested in connection to an IHOP employee being assaulted in Bloomington Thursday morning.
Bloomington Police have launched an investigation into the incident at the IHOP across the street from the south side of the Mall of America. Information at this point reveals that an IHOP employee, a 37-year-old Bloomington man, confronted a group of nine that left without paying their bill.
Officers responded at 5:45 a.m. after being alerted to an assault. Police say the employee confronted the group and at one point ended up inside a vehicle as the group left the parking lot and drove across Killebrew Drive to the MOA.
The employee said he was assaulted by members of the group after being forced into their Toyota Camry. He sustained minor injuries and was treated at Fairview Southdale.
Police arrested seven people at the vehicle and two more who were several blocks away after fleeing in a car before officers arrived.
Five juveniles and a 19-year-old Mendota Heights woman were booked into jail and later released pending charges. Two more juveniles, both from Minneapolis, were being held on probable cause robbery charges, while a 21-year-old San Diego man was held on a pending charge of aiding and abetting robbery.
Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.