Man accused of tossing scalding coffee on donut shop worker turns himself in

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 11:34am

The man accused of throwing hot coffee on a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania donut shop worker turned himself in to police on Monday.

By Tuesday morning David Timbers was out of custody after posting ten percent of $25,000 bail.

The 52 year old covered his head with a hoodie and held an umbrella as he left police headquarters around 10 a.m.

Timbers didn't address the allegations that he is the man seen in surveillance video throwing hot coffee on an employee at a Fresh Donuts shop in the Mantua section of the city last week.

"Talk to my attorney," Timbers said.

Timbers was arraigned at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday on several charges including aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, according to court documents.

On surveillance video released by police, you can hear a man arguing with a woman behind the counter over his food order.

She wants him to pay, but he claims he already paid.

During the argument, he reaches over the counter, grabs a hot coffee out of her hand, throws it on her and says, "take that!"

You can then hear her screaming on the surveillance video.

The incident happened last Tuesday, around 11:05 a.m.

Workers at the donut shop said that the angry customer as well as the other man he was with, are regular customers.

The victim, 27 year old Sukia Luy, said she was still in a lot of pain, her left arm bandaged.

"He's upset, he was actually, literally, crying after this incident occurred, saying he couldn't believe what he did," said Casey Timbers, David's sister.

After video of the incident aired on NBC station WCAU, Casey claims she contacted her brother and told him to turn himself in.

"He was scared to come forward, of course, without an attorney present," she said. "He said, 'I really screwed up, I was upset.' He was upset about things. He hadn't been taking his medication."

Timbers says her brother suffers from a post-traumatic stress disorder and had heart surgery less than a year ago.

While she's unsure if any of that played a role in her brother's actions, she claims the man in the video is not the loving father and grandfather she knows.

Timbers also says she feels terrible for the victim and hopes she recovers soon.

"I can only say that I apologize for my brother and relay the message that he is very sorry," she said.

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