More than just food went through the drive-through window of a Rally's Hamburgers Tuesday night.
A man swinging a knife tried to crawl through the window to attack an employee who had just yelled at him to stop assaulting a woman in the parking lot.
The 39-year-old employee is being credited with thwarting the man's attack on the woman, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. outside the Rally's in the 2000 block of South Michigan Street.
The suspect ... a 43-year-old Detroit man who was later arrested ... spit on the worker as the assailant tried to climb through the drive-through window, prompting the employee to go outside.
The suspect repeatedly swung a knife at him, police said, causing the victim to pick up a steel grate in the parking lot to use as a shield until police came.
The victim received cuts to his hand and wrist during the attack. He and the woman were treated at the scene by medics.
The suspect, who is listed as homeless, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a knife.
"He didn't originally see the man had a weapon, and he was trying to stop him from assaulting a woman," Capt. Phil Trent, South Bend police spokesman, said of the worker. "He had to defend himself. He was trying to defend the woman, and you have to give him credit for that."
The suspect and the woman he allegedly was beating are a couple and had reportedly just left a nearby bar. He allegedly grabbed the woman by the hair and was pushing her around in the Rally's parking lot when the employee intervened.
A message left for the worker at Rally's was not immediately returned today.
Staff writer Tom Moor: