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Ex-worker allegedly showed up at restaurant ready to box

A 26-year-old man who had quit his job at a Cambridge restaurant Tuesday morning came back that night decked out in boxing gloves, police allege, throwing punches at customers and police officers.

After he allegedly scuffled with officers, Kevin Kobler of West Roxbury was arrested and charged with a variety of offenses, officials said.

Kobler had quit his job at Craigie On Main, anticipating he would be fired, Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick said. According to the police report, there were previous harassment complaints against him at the restaurant. The report didn’t say what the complaints were.

Kobler allegedly returned to Craigie On Main about 9:05 p.m., Warnick said. He drove his car onto the curb outside, Warnick said, and bystanders called police.


He was wearing boxing gloves and a mask when he returned, Warnick said.

“According to the general manager of the restaurant as well as customers and employees, after his car crashed, he went into the restaurant and raised quite a bit of disturbance,” Warnick said.

Police believe he punched a customer and swung at several other people. When police arrived and tried to apprehend him, he punched one officer and kicked another, Warnick said.

At his Wednesday arraignment in Cambridge District Court, Kobler was charged with assault, assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (for allegedly kicking a police officer), resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office said.

The judge ordered that Kobler undergo a competency evaluation.

A bail hearing is scheduled for May 6.

J.D. Capelouto can be reached at jd.capelouto@globe.com.